Shame Quotes

Shame is fear of humiliation at one's inferior status in the estimation of others. When one sets his heart on being highly esteemed, and achieves such rating, then he is automatically involved in fear of losing his status. - Lao Tzu

With shame, there is just painful feelings of depression, alienation, self-doubt, loneliness, isolation, paranoia, compulsive disorders, perfectionism, inferiority, inadequacy, failure, helplessness, hopelessness, narcissism. - John Bradshaw

Shame is a being wound and differs greatly from the feeling of guilt. John Bradshaw

Since one's inner self is flawed by shame, the experience of self is painful. To compensate, one develops a FALSE SELF in order to survive.- John Bradshaw

With shame, there is just painful feelings of depression, alienation, self-doubt, loneliness, isolation, paranoia, compulsive disorders, perfectionism, inferiority, inadequacy, failure, helplessness, hopelessness, narcissism. - John Bradshaw

Shame is a sickness of the soul. It is the most poignant experience of the self by the self, whether felt in humiliation or cowardice, or in a sense of failure to cope successfully with a challenge. Shame is a wound felt from the inside, dividing us both from ourselves and from one another. - Kaufman

When we feel unbearable shame, the response often is violence, drug abuse, battering, harassment, incest. We feel ashamed of our bodies, which leads to eating disorders, anorexia, bulimia, compulsions, workaholism, in an effort to block out these feelings of worthlessness. - John Bradshaw