Shame - a Cage of our Own Making

This morning I listened to the TED talk ‘Shame’ by Brené Brown, and it’s not a subject I’d really delved into before. I’m surprised at myself because it’s so closely linked with my own journey – especially as I’ve been standing up and talking about not ‘victim shaming’ for over a decade, and specifically not victim shaming ourselves. Telling people my own story and encouraging people not to be ashamed or embarrassed by what happened to them - to hold their heads up high and move forward rather than tethering themselves to an abusive experience. However, I never realised before the powerful societal pull of shame and how it has affected us all – including me. How it keeps us all in a cage of

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