Forbes June 20, 2024
Mark Travers

Shame is a powerful emotion and a deeply distressing feeling associated with the perception of having done something wrong or being fundamentally flawed. While the link between loneliness and shame is often discussed in terms of how loneliness can lead to feelings of shame, the inverse relationship—how shame can lead to loneliness—is equally significant but remains underexplored.

Understanding the connection between shame and loneliness is important because it sheds light on the vicious cycle it can trap individuals in. Recognizing how shame contributes to loneliness can help develop effective strategies to break this cycle and promote psychological well-being. Here are three ways shame leads to loneliness.

1. Internalization Of Negative Self-Perception

When individuals feel ashamed of who they are at...

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