Shame and the fear of feeling
Journal/Book: Perspect Psychiatr Care. 1999; 35: 1211 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA. Nursecom Inc. 29-34.
Abstract: TOPIC. Toxic Shame and the concomitant fear of feeling are core issues needing to be addressed during group therapy with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. PURPOSE. To increase awareness of the toxic shame that survivors experience and to describe the impact of group therapy based on a family systems model. SOURCE. The authors' clinical experiences. CONCLUSIONS. Symptom management, repatterning of cognitive distortions, and the improvement of self-care strategies are identified as crucial aspects of healing shame-based feelings and behaviors. Group treatment offers members the opportunity to cease reenacting family rules and roles that create toxic shame.
Note: Article Zupancic MK, Dept Vet Affairs, Brecksville,OH 44141 USA
Keyword(s): child abuse survivors; group therapy; sexual child abuse; shame