CHARACTERISTICS OF SHAME-BASED PEOPLE

  • Addictions and compulsive behaviours. This is too detailed to deal with here, and I recommend that anyone interested in it consult Bradshaw. An addiction kills our emotions, and dulls the pain of core shame. It is important to remember that there are many types of addictions and they all operate in the same way. Some of the addictions concern drugs, alcohol, work, sex, eating (obesity, anorexia, and bulimia), rage which unifies the self, makes one feel powerful, and this urge to feel constantly powerful is obviously an addiction), shame itself (the shamed person must always be on guard to conceal his shame, and thus it is so constant that it becomes an addiction), over-reliance on thinking, especially abstract thinking (this can be an addiction if it is used to prevent feelings).
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