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The emotion of shame evolved to warn us that our behaviour is jeopardizing either important relationships or our place in the group. Shame, in this form, is healthy and protective.
However, shame can turn toxic and be destructive. Toxic shame is an enduring conviction that we are so intrinsically flawed that we will forever be unworthy of supportive relationships and a place in a group.
Once toxic shame is internalised, we turn it in on ourselves and out on to others. Vicious, self-perpetuating and traumatising spirals ensues. This webinar illuminates these spirals, looking at how they harm our relationship with ourselves, other people and our children.
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