Combatting Shame

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All daily inspirations can be found in the book Sex and Porn Addiction Healing and Recovery. Used here with permission of the author.

When we share our story, shame cannot survive.

Overcoming the deeply rooted shame that drives sex and porn addiction is a process of learning to recognize shame and its triggers, and then learning to ‘reality check’ the shame we feel by reaching out to supportive others and receiving empathy as they hear about and experience our shame with us. Needless to say, this is easier said than done. In fact, most of us would rather eat dirt than talk about our feelings of shame. That said, healing from shame requires vulnerability—the courage to reach out to supportive others and share our darkest secrets.

Task for Today
Either talk about your shame or eat a handful of dirt. One will leave you feeling better; the other will not.