Here’s what’s fascinating. In 2017, a PhD student set out to study sexual shame. As she was looking through the literature she discovered there was not a definition of sexual shame. THIS became her new PhD project..defining sexual shame. “Sexual shame is a visceral feeling of humiliation and disgust toward one’s own body and identity as a sexual being, and a belief of being abnormal, inferior and unworthy. This feeling can be internalized but also manifests in interpersonal relationships having a negative impact on trust, communication, and physical and emotional intimacy. Sexual shame develops across the lifespan in interactions with interpersonal relationships, one’s culture and society, and subsequent critical self-appraisal (a continuous feedback loop). There is also a fear and uncertainty related to one’s power or right to make decisions, including safety decisions, related to sexual encounters, along with an internalized judgement toward one’s own sexual desire."
From the dissertation work of Dr. Noel Clark at Seattle Pacific University, 2017 #sextherapy #shamekillslove #shedtheshame