LYL PODCAST EPISODE 167: Growing Pains 6 – Toxic Shame (Memoir Series)

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In my experience, sexualization caused extreme toxic shame.

Merriam-Webster has a descriptive definition:

“A painful emotion caused by consciousness of guilt, shortcoming, or impropriety, the susceptibility to such emotion, a condition of humiliating disgrace or disrepute.”

On today’s episode of the Launch Your Life Podcast, I talk about shame, my mother’s secrets, generational trauma, discovering fundamental truths about myself and more.


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What’s Discussed in This Episode:

00:00 Intro
1:41 Sexualization and shame
2:13 Experiencing toxic shame
3:11 The steps of grooming
4:37 Overcoming toxic shame
5:06 Sex-ed
5:33 The result of my coping mechanism
6:03 Generational trauma
7:46 My mother’s secrets
8:48 The abuse in my father’s family
9:07 My father’s shocking response
9:40 Narcissistic parents
10:39 Fundamental truths (about me)
12:03 My entrepreneurial spirit started young

Dr. Michelle Gordon

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