A Space to talk about… Understanding Shame

This document explores where shame comes from, experiences of shame and how we can heal from shame.

Shame is thought to be one of the most painful emotions as it can make us feel as if we have no value. When in the grips of shame, we imagine that we are seen in this way by others too, which intensifies the experience of being ‘not good enough’.  To escape feeling shame, we may try to be perfect. This never works as none of us can avoid getting things wrong or making mistakes!