Dr. Gerald Fishkin and Julie-Ann Goode discuss the psychology of bullying, toxic shame and the effects it has on your
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Gerry and Julie-Ann open the show with talking about being grateful for everyday occurrences in life, such as the importance of friends and family and the beauty in nature. What’s Trending concentrates on bullying in children. A large number of children who are bullied do not report to school officials or parents. Reasons for victimization, types of bullying, common behaviors of bullies, and the psychological effects on victims are discussed. The difficulties bullies create as children can lead into major social and interpersonal problems as adults. Tips for decreasing long-term negative effects from bullying are suggested.
Gerry talks about his new book, “The Science of Shame and its Treatment”. The development of shame in the brain and the rapidness of it rising into a “shame attack”. The differences between guilt and shame. Unprocessed trauma can lead to toxic shame. Limbic highjacking after trauma causes stunted psychological growth in the victim. Addictions and bullying are often caused by toxic shame. Attunement and compassion for self and others help to heal toxic shame. Gerry discusses ways one can use to heal toxic shame.