Reluctant to do something through fear of embarrassment or humiliation.
One definition is "reluctant to do something through fear of embarrassment or humiliation". Brené Brown, a research professor at the University of Houston, has studied shame for years and she makes a big difference between guilt and shame. She defines shame "as the intensely painful feeling or experience of believing that we are flawed and therefore unworthy of love and belonging – something we’ve experienced, done, or failed to do makes us unworthy of connection." Shame is a very profound and intense feeling and the best way to work with it is through empathy.
Example: He felt ashamed for having spoken so cruelly.
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