Brené Brown declares that shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. For many people who live with fibromyalgia – women especially – shame and guilt are daily experiences.
We feel shame because we’re not who we used to be. We’re ashamed that we can’t do what we used to do. We feel guilty because we must have done or not done something to make us so sick.
In this video, Brene defines vulnerability as the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change and clearly defines the difference between shame and guilt.
Shame is not the same as guilt.
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Guilt: I’m sorry, I made a mistake.
Shame: I’m sorry, I am a mistake.
Neither shame nor guilt applies to you and your fibromyalgia.
You did not do nor neglect to do something resulting in your illness, so let go of guilt.
You are NOT a mistake. Shame about your fibromyalgia can take a hike.
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