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Religion and childhood trauma: sin, guilt and atonement

Sin and guilt – psychological effects on children Introduction It is essential to talk about the psychological impact of religious upbringing on children. Religion has an effect on individual ethical values and even on the legal system in some societies to the point of deriving jurisprudence directly from religious norms. Terms: sin, guilt and atonement […]

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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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Religion and childhood trauma: faith and fear

Faith under the magnifying glass: religion as a cause of childhood trauma Introduction The relationship between religion, childhood trauma, fear and faith is very complex. Religion was originally intended to calm the fear of the unknowable and uncontrollable. This fear is one of the most primal and powerful human emotions. Fear of the unknown is

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Understanding and Healing from Religious Trauma in Childhood: A Guide

Navigating the Shadows: A Comprehensive Introduction to Religious Trauma in Childhood 1 Introduction Former believers react very differently to a diagnosis of religious trauma in childhood. While some feel relief as they finally find an explanation for their suffering, others are faced with the challenge of accepting this connection between their religious past and current

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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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Overcoming toxic shame: a path to healthy identity and self-worth

Strategies for overcoming toxic shame Introduction to toxic shame Toxic shame is a profound emotional experience that harms self-image. It goes beyond simple shame and leads to long-term psychological problems. Foundations for a healthy identity and self-esteem Overcoming this involves developing a holistic view of oneself and a healthy sense of self-worth. Several prerequisites are

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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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