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Shame Resilience Theory: Coping With the Universal Feeling

by on Friday, October 23rd, 2020

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At one point or another, you have probably experienced feelings of shame. For some, being swallowed by shame can be debilitating and damaging to their overall well-being. Without treatment, this can lead to severe negative impacts on one’s life. Shame Resilience Theory (SRT) was made to overcome feelings of shame and discuss how people respond to shame. 

Shame Defined

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, shame is defined as “a painful emotion caused by consciousness of guilt, shortcoming, or impropriety.” Shame is an extremely powerful emotion that can have a widespread impact on people’s overall health, especially mental health. Brene Brown, the founder of the Shame Resilience Theory, states that shame can cause people to feel “trapped, powerless, and isolated.”

What is Shame Resilience Theory?

Shame Resilience Theory (SRT) was first introduced by Brene Brown in a 2006 study. SRT is used to define shame, identify its consequences, and discuss the ways in which people respond to it. The theory recognizes that there are various “shame triggers” amongst different cultures and places, but common ones include sexuality, physical health, religion, appearance, body image, mental health, aging, trauma, family, and speaking out. 

The goal of the theory is to help those suffering from shame to overcome it. SRT does this by encouraging empathy, connection, power, and freedom. Through this encouragement, four steps are taken to help the shame resilience:

  1. Recognizing and identifying personal vulnerability(ies) that caused the feelings of shame
  2. Recognizing and identifying external factors that caused the feelings of shame
  3. Connecting with others to both receive and offer empathy
  4. Discussing and deconstructing the actual feelings of shame

The crucial part of this theory is recognizing shame and identifying where it came from, because then can it be overcome. Since 2006, SRT has helped many people around the world overcome feelings of shame and become resilient.

Shame can play a big role in addiction and mental health. Learning how to overcome it can greatly aid in one’s healing. Brene Brown’s Shame Resilience Theory (SRT), first described in 2006, helps to identify shame, its causes, and how it can be overcome. Using four steps involving the identification and healing from shame, the theory has helped thousands of individuals for over a decade. At Restorations Therapy, we offer a group based upon the work of Dr. Brene Brown to help our patients overcome shame. Call us today for more information at (720) 446-6585 to learn how you can become shame resilient. 

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