Shame is an embodied effect that transcends diagnostic categories of mental illness. In this regard, it is not unique; however, it has, in the language of interpersonal neurobiology, exceptional capacity for creating disintegrated states of mind in individuals and systems. Not only does it disrupt emotional health, but it also truncates vocational creativity. To address shame, then, is not merely to seek healing for a disintegrating emotional state; it also liberates individuals and communities to realize possibilities vocationally that heretofore were unknown. This pre-conference workshop will address shame from an interpersonal neurobiological perspective, its role in our lives as storytellers, and the potential for expanded vocational vision in the wake of its healing.
Presented by: Curt Thompson, M.D.
- Identify shame from an interpersonal neurobiological perspective
- Identify important clinical and developmental elements of storytelling
- Identify and implement concrete practices that enable patients to resolve conflicts directly related to the effect of shame, enhance resilience, and protect against disintegrating features of shame