Understanding the Shame-Based Identity: Implications for Clinical Practice

Shame-based individuals have difficulty coming into and maturing in their identities. Fear is often a hindering factor in these individuals' ability to make healthy decisions for themselves. Clients who come into therapy will probably be unaware of the concepts of shame and shame-based identity yet shame may very well be the underlying reason why they are having difficulty. The objectives of this paper are to explore how a shame-based identity can form, identify the situational manifestations of shame and fear in individuals, identify measures that can be used to obtain data about a client's presence of shame, and discuss tools for translating this information to the client.
Key words: shame, identity

Jenny Becvar
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