Shame and Adults Abused as Children: Why It’s There and What to Do with It
By: Anna Zapata, LPC Adults abused as children commonly feel shame, regret, and confusion of responsibility. Some of my clients know at a cognitive level that the abuse was not their fault—but the shame still resides in their body and emotional brain. Why is shame so hard to navigate? There are many reasons, and I’ll name just a few. 1. Child Brain: Child development researchers agree that we experience an egocentrism in childhood where we think the world was created for us!