Friday, January 11, 2019

How does the affirmation and promotion of this first principle ameliorate feelings of shame?


"People with post-traumatic stress disorder often feel contaminated or damaged in some way. And, again, there are feelings of failure. Trauma survivors tend to blame themselves for not preventing what happened. They may feel like they failed to communicate their humanity to the perpetrator: If I could have shown that I’m a human being, surely this person wouldn’t have continued to do that to me."

From the interview with Dr. Anne Hallward in the January, 2019 issue of The Sun

Unitarian Univeralists covenant together to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person. How does the affirmation and promotion of this first principle ameliorate feelings of shame?

UUs recognize and acknowledge that we are not our bodies. We are souls in bodies not bodies with souls. This recognition and understanding has huge implications for diminishing the genesis of shame.

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