Freeze and Fawn Are Healthy Responses of the Nervous System

Criticism arrives and shame creeps in. Black tentacles of judgment grow like vines squeezing my heart, strangling my stomach, trying to swallow me whole. I have done something wrong. I am bad. I am not good enough. I am unworthy.

The visceral experience of shame is hard not to notice. The urgency to respond and fix it is right there.

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