- Brief but well-written page on Toxic Shame, it's source and effect:
"Guilt is feeling bad about one's behavior or performance.
Shame is feeling bad about one's very being, one's sense of self. It's
not "my actions were bad" it's "I'm bad." Guilt
allows us to change our behavior, shame takes us more deeply into feelings
of worthlessness or despair and is generally immobilizing."
and Spirituality - a good, thought-provoking article by
BALMNET - Bullied & Abused Lives in Ministry - A Christian
Support Group for Damaged Ministers, International and Inter-Denominational:
"... something ... that crosses the denominational boundaries
... is a near-universal misunderstanding of the nature of psychiatric
illnesses and injuries. All too often wounded Christians are further
hurt as churches force on them spiritual diagnoses and spiritual solutions
totally inappropriate to the problem."