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How Shame Can Undermine Our Well-Being

We often hear how fear can hold us back from taking the risks necessary to love and be loved. But there’s another human emotion that may be even more destructive to our relationships: shame.

Shame is a complex and typically hidden emotion. We all experience it. But oftentimes we’re not aware of the secret ways it operates—and how it harms ourselves and constrains our relationships. We may become so fused with shame that it unconsciously drives behaviors that are toxic for love and intimacy.

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