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The Harm of Shame

The Harm of Shame

Shame can be more troubling than guilt. It's hard for some people to separate their actions from who they are as a person. The downsides of shame:

  • Decreases self-esteem - you tend to think that every negative action says something about who you are.
  • Promotes unethical behavior - people who cling to shame are more likely to act poorly and hide it from others.
  • Creates a sense of hopelessness - life can seem hopeless if you feel powerless to change.

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The difference between shame and guilt may seem superficial, but it's crucial to understand it, so you can learn to handle your emotions better.

  • Guilt is defined as an emotional state that appears when we feel we have failed to live up to the morals of ourselves or others.
  • Shame is defined as an intense feeling about the self that comes from failing to live up to your own or others' standards.

When you're trying to work through guilt, here's what you need to do:

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