Part two: But here are two factors that are immediately relevant to trauma-sensitive mindfulness.

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“A second barrier to integrating trauma is shame.

 

Connected to humiliation, demoralization, and remorse, shame is a complex, debilitating emotion that often arrives with traumatic stress.

 

A person who was sexually abused may berate themselves for not having fought back—even though they may know it would have made matters worse.

 

A soldier who freezes under fire during combat is demeaned by others, and comes to feel fundamentally flawed.

 

 

Someone who is discriminated against can internalize the form of oppression being directed at them and begin to feel defective and unworthy.

 

 

Shame is a powerful, paralyzing force. “
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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by jeanetteirene on May 16, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    And it creeps in like a fog bank creeping into a sunny day! Turning the world grey.

  2. As my triggers fire again, the blast of the fight or flight has subsided, however the unworthiness, the emotional shame from childhood still lives.

    We need to keep up our actions, we need to keep practicing and we need to let the thoughts fade.

    Shame grows when we think about it and add emotional feelings to the menu.

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