Shame: the belief not that you have done something bad, but that you are bad. The belief that you are somehow genetically defective, unworthy, deficient of and utterly lacking of that badge that seemingly everyone else was lucky enough to earn—the one called “normality.”
Ironically, it’s the ubiquity of shame that stands out more than its rarity.
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I want to thank my spiritual mentor, Jeannie Zandi, for all her guidance over the years, and her sharing of these "steps" in so many ways that have shaped my own life.