Shame disrupts our lives, our relationships, and our experience in the world. It is so central to the human experience and yet elusive, confusing, and hidden. None of us know what it would be like to connect with others without wondering what they think about us, "am I enough," or "what if they found out who I really am." We hide. We shame others. We shame ourself.
Shame begins to lose it's power when we identify it, bring it out in the open, and begin talking about it. Much of the work done in therapy addresses this issue head on. In fact, I believe it's impossible to do good internal work without addressing the topic of shame.