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Addiction and Shame

“Shame is a soul-eating emotion.” So said Carl Jung, one of the most influential voices in modern psychology and psychiatry. Those are strong words, but justifiably so.

While shame is a near-universal human emotion –

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  • May 4, 2018 at 10:25 am

    Great post about this soul-eating emotion called ‘Shame’. A traumatic event involving self is the cause of shame. Body language comes up vividly and the feedback from society adds to the built up. Addiction is only a immediate method to change that shameful appearance with ‘freedom’ mentality. The cycle social discard with shame and addiction continues.
    Managing shame is only by forgiving self, self compassion and supporting others affected by shame. Only shameful person understands the pain of a shame in others.
    Shameless personality is also an emotional disbalance. Regards.

    • May 4, 2018 at 5:52 pm

      Asesh, thank you for reading and commenting. Yes indeed, addiction can seem like an escape from shame, but as you suggest, it’s a false freedom. The way out of the painful cycle is forgiveness and compassion, as you say. “When we apply love to the parts of ourselves that hurt, we heal.”


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