Podcast 440: Shutting Down the Shame Spiral
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SHOW DESCRIPTION: n this podcast I talk about several helpful ways to get out of a shame spiral. In our society today, it can be hard to feel any degree of self-worth. We are bombarded with the shame of not living up to our own expectations, or the expectations of others. We cannot live up to the photoshopped and retouched images that seem to tell us that to be happy, we must look, dress or act in a certain way, or get straight As and go to an Ivy League university. We are not able to compete with celebrities and influencers—we are just one social media ‘like’ in a sea of admirers, wishing to be someone or do something. It is easy to give in to these voices, listen to them and allow them to take root inside our heads. It is easy to fall into a “shame spiral,” feeling like you will never be able to live up to what society deems as worthy. How can we escape this spiral? How can we quit the system and be happy being who we really are at our core? How can we learn to be comfortable with who we are and where we are in life?
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1:25 How low self-esteem & shame are connected
1:40 What shame is
2:15 The difference between shame & guilt
6:20 Shame & the mind-brain connection
9:30 How easy it is to feel shame
12:25 , 18:27 , 28:00 How to exit the shame spiral
24:15 Don’t let negative thoughts just wander through your mind!
26:00 How to “edit” your shame thoughts
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