Increase your self-esteem by understanding the brain and the connection to shame (1 minute read)
This post “Increase your self-esteem by understanding the brain and the connection to shame” continues with how you can increase your self-esteem by listening to your feelings and heal self-destructive shame.
Increase your self-esteem by understanding the brain and the connection to shame:
One way of reducing self-critical shame is to become more self-compassionate.
The last posts have been about shame and 5 steps for healing the negative injuries of too much and self-critical shame, including important reflections, strategies and exercises based on Compassion Focused Therapy, CFT.
Building blocks of Compassion Focused Therapy, CFT:
Here are some more important insights on how CFT can be helpful in reducing self-critical shame:
Improved self-care practices including taking responsibility for mental health, activation of the comfort seeking system, as well as listening to one’s feelings as important messengers of needs and desires.
Understanding of how the brain works, including the autonomous nervous system and the functioning of its two parts: the sympathetic nervous system, the fight/flight/freeze system, and the parasympathetic nervous system, the calming system connected to recovery and sleep. It also includes strategies for activating and moderating these, as well as the importance of understanding the primary feelings and the motivational systems of human beings.
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