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Are you struggling with toxic shame? Here’s what it feels like

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Are you struggling with toxic shame? Here’s what it feels like

Published on Feb 29, 2024 06:00 AM IST

  • From feeling like an outsider to engaging in perfectionism, here’s what toxic shame feels like.

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Shame can feel toxic for emotional and mental health at times. "Toxic shame is characterized by a pervasive sense of unworthiness and self-rejection, often stemming from early experiences of trauma or invalidation. Individuals affected by toxic shame may exhibit behaviors such as excessive self-criticism, perfectionism, and a deep fear of rejection or abandonment. This emotional burden can manifest in various ways, including difficulty forming close relationships, chronic feelings of guilt and inadequacy, and a tendency to self-sabotage," wrote Therapist Maythal Eshaghian.(Unsplash)
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Published on Feb 29, 2024 06:00 AM IST

Shame can feel toxic for emotional and mental health at times. “Toxic shame is characterized by a pervasive sense of unworthiness and self-rejection, often stemming from early experiences of trauma or invalidation. Individuals affected by toxic shame may exhibit behaviors such as excessive self-criticism, perfectionism, and a deep fear of rejection or abandonment. This emotional burden can manifest in various ways, including difficulty forming close relationships, chronic feelings of guilt and inadequacy, and a tendency to self-sabotage,” wrote Therapist Maythal Eshaghian.(Unsplash)

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It can be an intense feeling of being flawed and imperfect at all times. This thought can make us doubt ourselves. (Unsplash)
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It can be an intense feeling of being flawed and imperfect at all times. This thought can make us doubt ourselves. (Unsplash)

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We always hyperfocus on everything that we do, and we feel that we should not bring out our true selves. (Unsplash)
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We always hyperfocus on everything that we do, and we feel that we should not bring out our true selves. (Unsplash)

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Perfectionism can stem from toxic shame. However, this type of perfectionism can be self-destructive and tormenting in nature, (Unsplash)
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Perfectionism can stem from toxic shame. However, this type of perfectionism can be self-destructive and tormenting in nature, (Unsplash)

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We always fear that others will think negatively about us. Hence, we strive for their validation, often pushing our boundaries away. (Unsplash)
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We always fear that others will think negatively about us. Hence, we strive for their validation, often pushing our boundaries away. (Unsplash)

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We feel like an outsider and engage in people-pleasing behavioural patterns to fit into the circle. (Unsplash)
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We feel like an outsider and engage in people-pleasing behavioural patterns to fit into the circle. (Unsplash)

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