Psychotherapy from A to Z

Overcoming self-loathing: Ways to more self-worth and inner peace

Self-Loathing: Understanding and Overcoming Inner Struggles Self-loathing, or self-hatred, is a pervasive and destructive emotion characterized by an intense dislike of oneself. It can manifest as a constant feeling of worthlessness, self-criticism, and an inability to accept oneself. This emotional state can lead to various mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, and a diminished sense […]

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Religion and childhood trauma 06: Doubt and faith

Doubt – critical power or heresy? Introduction In the “Religion and Childhood Trauma” series, we have previously explored how deeply religious beliefs and practices affect children’s early development and psychological well-being. So far, it has been about: faith and fear guilt and atonement shame and the sacred authority and autonomy inclusion and exclusion Doubt can

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Religion and childhood trauma 04: between authority and autonomy

Gehorsam und Selbstbestimmung in der kindlichen Entwicklung Rückblick auf die bisherige Serie In unserer fortlaufenden Serie „Religion und Kindheitstrauma“ haben wir untersucht, wie tief religiöse Überzeugungen und Praktiken in die frühe Entwicklung und das psychologische Wohlbefinden von Kindern eingreifen. Die Themen reichten von den prägenden Einflüssen des Heiligen und der Scham über die verstrickten Beziehungen

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Shame and guilt: public shaming in the media

An addendum about the current public shaming situation I recently received the following enquiry from a freelance journalist: “… Dear Dr Stemper, I am working on a book about shame and its role in today’s society. The basis for this is a detailed article of mine that was published last year… The last part of

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Overcoming toxic shame: a guide to maintaining a positive self-image

Permanently free from toxic shame: pathways to sustaining a positive self-image Introduction Toxic shame has a profound effect on self-image. After successfully overcoming it, self-compassion and a focus on personal strengths and successes are important. Treat yourself kindly and warmly for self-compassion, respect yourself and encourage yourself. Gestures such as placing a hand gently on

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Shaming 2/2 – The changing nature of public shaming and its impact on society

Navigating the Landscape of Public Shaming: Strategies for Resilience Introduction Following last week’s post on the history of public shaming, the following blog post aims to develop a psychological understanding of these complex issues by exploring the psychological roots as well as the social and political implications of public shaming. It is intended to provide

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Public shaming and its impact on society 1/2- the evolution of public shame

Public shaming: from the Middle Ages to the Digital Era Introduction Shame is a profound, interpersonal emotion that encompasses both individual and social aspects and is a central human experience. It is an emotional response that is closely linked to the perception of the self by others and the fear of social rejection. Shame can

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Toxic shame: understanding and overcoming its effects

The profound impact of toxic shame Introduction: The nature of toxic shame Toxic shame is an intense feeling of inferiority and of not being enough. It is a paralysing and pervasive form of shame that is deeply ingrained in the self-image of those affected. It is characterised by feelings of worthlessness, inadequacy and self-loathing. Unlike

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Toxic Shame: Hidden Roots, Visible Impact

Psychological and social roots of shame Introduction Imagine your every action and thought being constantly judged by an unseen audience. Such constant judgement will lead to a deep-rooted sense of shame that questions your very self. That is toxic shame. Shame is a universal feeling that we all recognise. But when it turns into the

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Shame: A journey through history, light and shadow

Scham – eine Einführung Einleitung Scham ist ein Gefühl, das so alt ist wie die Menschheit selbst und dessen Verständnis sich im Laufe der Zeit erheblich gewandelt hat. Von den antiken Gesellschaften, die Scham eng mit Ehre verknüpften, bis hin zur modernen Psychologie, die sie als selbstbezogene Emotion untersucht, bietet dieser Begriff einen faszinierenden Einblick

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