Today we’re going to talk about embarrassment. I was listening to Brené Brown’s relatively new podcast called Unlocking Us and heard her use a term I didn’t know. The term was self-conscious emotions and embarrassment is one of them. In this episode sponsored by BetterHelp, we’ll cover how young you are when you can feel embarrassment, what you can learn from failure, and the positive aspects of embarrassment. You might be surprised!

I’ve often said you learn a lot more from failure – and I personally have done just that. But how does it get to be something you can learn from rather than something you must avoid at all costs? Why is it that some people cannot tolerate being embarrassed and thus live extremely risk averse lives?

The listener email today is from a woman who only recently revealed sexual abuse to her therapist – before not even deeming it important enough to discuss – and how those revelations are changing her for the better.

Important Links:

BetterHelp, the #1 online therapy provider, has a special offer for you now!

A Time article featuring Brené Brown’s answers to ten questions

Dr. Michael Lewis’ research on embarrassment and child development

Tyson Hartnett article on fearing failure

Article in LifeScience by Remy Melina  about positive aspects of embarrassment

You can hear more about this and many other topics by listening to my podcast, SelfWork with Dr. Margaret Rutherford. Subscribe to my website and receive my weekly newsletter including a blog post and podcast! If you’d like to join my FaceBook closed group, then click here and answer the membership questions! Welcome!

My new book entitled Perfectly Hidden Depression has been published and you can order here! Its message is specifically for those with a struggle with strong perfectionism which acts to mask underlying emotional pain. But the many self-help techniques described can be used by everyone who chooses to begin to address emotions long hidden away that are clouding and sabotaging your current life. And it’s available in paperback, eBook or as an audiobook!

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