Shame. The feeling that "I am a mistake." That "I am bad." It leads to a deep sense of disconnect (triggering the PANIC circuit discussed in the post on affective neuroscience). Shame can be at the root of addictions, perfectionism, and a host of other sorrows and suffering. Brene Brown has studied shame, and her message is easily accessible. That millions of people have watched this TEDtalk on shame speaks the pervasiveness in our culture.
Jami Parrish, LPC, CSAT, CMC is a therapist and coach whose aim is to help others live fully and find true freedom. She is currently practicing in Tucson, AZ.