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Shame and the Shadow:
Helping Clients Heal into Wholeness
with Nancy J. Napier, LMFT
Shame represents one of the most common, and most painful and inhibiting, states of body-mind being we experience. Through the natural process of meaning-making, many clients become captured in downward spirals of intensifying shame as they tell themselves all the reasons why they are worthless, “bad”, unlovable, etc. Because of the brain’s natural negativity bias, it’s all too easy for clients to fall into these shame spirals. Part of the healing of shame has to do with helping clients separate this natural and inescapable physiological response from the nearly-instantaneous flow of meaning triggered by the felt-sense of shame affect.
In addition, dynamics involving what Carl Jung called the “shadow”, those disowned, disavowed aspects of self that were pushed aside as part of clients’ adaptation to their early environments, contribute to a sense of self gripped by a sense of shame. These disowned aspects of self become a powerful unconscious force in the lives of many clients and are readily recognized when clients express extreme reactions to other people and situations. These reactions arise from deeply unconscious places and clients are rarely aware that they are reacting to what are mirrors of aspects of their wholeness. We will explore not only the usual negative shadow parts such as envy, entitlement, and the like. We’ll also look at the power exerted by “golden” shadow parts—by disowned qualities of power, creativity, exuberance, by positive aspects of self that weren’t allowed.
The workshop will include didactic material, question-and-answer discussion, along with live demonstrations in the morning and afternoon.
For more information about this workshop, please contact Sharon Kleinberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ADDITIONAL WORKSHOPS WITH NANCY IN 2019
April 26, 2019
Under-coupling and Dissociation: Delving Deeper
June 28, 2019
Accessing Middle Ground: Building Capacity for Discomfort
October 18, 2019:
The Optimal Future Self: A Somatically-Based Resource