Shame Is More Stressful Than Work

September 25, 2014 8:56 PM

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Shame Is More Stressful Than Work

Imagine making a mistake that holds potential consequences for your family or the people at your work. As you sit there alone, aware that it's your mistake, and you must disclose it, what is your internal dialogue? What are the words you're likely to call yourself?

If you're like most people, the words you'll direct at yourself will be condemning. These harsh words spring from shame, which is the moral condemnation that guilt becomes when you believe something you did wrong means something is wrong with you.

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