Video: The Soul of Shame

by Laura Bernero

You may be familiar with this uncomfortable feeling.

Something has gone wrong at work. You disappointed a supervisor, didn’t execute on a project, or missed a deadline. Your face gets hot, your stomach knots, and you just want crawl under your desk and disappear.The sense of embarrassment lingers, coloring how you perceive yourself or your situation.

That lingering feeling is more than just embarrassment, it’s shame — a powerful force that lives in life’s commonest moments, but has the power to distort God’s work in our lives, families, and organizations. It alters our perception of an experience by telling its own version of events.

What if we could overcome shame to find confidence and deep connection in our families, churches, and even in our workplaces?

Dr. Curt Thompson is a researcher who explores the nature of shame, revealing its spiritual and neurobiological roots. He will also provides practical, biblically-based tools to overcome shame and its damaging effects on our performance and relationships.

In this video, watch Thompson’s address on “The Soul of Shame” from a Denver Institute event in September 2016.  

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Laura Bernero

Laura Bernero is our blog curator, overseeing both internal content and contributions from our amazing network of writers. She loves all things creative communications, acting on the belief that we all resonate with great narrative and connect to one another through story. In addition to her role at DIFW, she manages media storytelling campaigns at SE2, a Denver-based communications agency. She was 5280 Fellow in the inaugural 2016-17 class and can’t wait to see the program continue to empower leaders throughout Denver in their unique gifts and callings.