Dr. Will Cole of the functional medicine clinic says that shame is not only bad for our minds, but it also harms our bodies.
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Cole says shame is “a very nefarious” thing that differs within people. She adds that there’s a lot of shame surrounding trauma and stress in society.
“Not many people speak about these things, because there is a stigma surrounding shame. There’s definitely a stigma when it comes to unresolved childhood trauma… but there’s shame also associated with chronic stress,” he told Sonia Baghdady. Advocate Now.
Cole says that the “hustle culture” in our society is a major cause of shame. He also shares that burnout can be seen as an “honor” or a very esteemed activity.
“The truth is that there’s lots of shame in the back room… “I talk to super successful people about how they can’t be present for their family as much as they want,” he says. They snap at their partner, or are distracted by their phone or eating fast food. There is a lot shame going around…