Shame and Pride
Avenue de la Gare 31
Shame is one of the most corrosive emotions that people experience. It is like cancer. First you there is a “tumour,” perhaps it comes, initially, from a severe scolding by a parent or teacher, along with a breaking of connection and a rupture of trust. The shame then “metastasizes” and spreads - affecting the entire organism, collapsing the body, polluting the psyche, and undermining our basic sense of wellbeing.
Shame is associated with a very specific body posture and autonomic pattern. It is a pattern which is similar to those we see in trauma, including hyper-arousal, hypo-arousal and shutdown. The opposite body experience of shame is the direct experience of the somatic/autonomic posture of triumph and pride. It is physiologically impossible to experience shame while one has a rooted and embodied sense of pride. Utilizing this dynamic relationship, within the context of a therapeutic alliance, shame can be transformed to a core sense of dignity and self-compassion. This integrative process is essential for promoting overall health and wellbeing.
Work with shame requires learnable skills of body reading, tracking physiology, and a therapeutic understanding of interpersonal dynamics. Participants will have the opportunity to practice how to help client’s move from shame and into triumph, pride and mastery, along with a renewed sense of dignity and Self-hood.
This class is in English and will be translated into French
Dr. Peter A. Levine
Peter A. Levine, Ph.D. (USA) is the originator and developer of Somatic Experiencing® and the President of the Foundation for Human Enrichment. He holds doctorate degrees in both Medical Biophysics and Psychology. During his forty plus year study of stress and trauma, Dr. Levine has contributed to a variety of scientific, medical, and popular publications. His best selling book, Waking the …