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Investigating the issue of shame

I'm a final year homeopathy student in London, UK. I'm working on my final year project and looking at the issue of shame, how important a role it plays in homeopathic practice and what experience homeopaths have of dealing with patients who have problems in this area. I'd be really interested in hearing people's thoughts and experience on this. What sorts of issues have people come across in practice? What sorts of health problems (mental, emotional, physical) do people with shame related issues have? What sort of approaches to working with shame issues have colleagues used or heard about?
Thanks in advance for any interest in this topic, and I look forward to some interesting learning!
Be well, be happy,
  zoodella on 2006-01-16
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You are as much in the area of psychology as homeopathy with this subject.

What are the REASONS for shame, is impotant .

Psychoñogy is as important as homeopathy in this area .
walkin last decade
"zoodella" (barbara) :
Shy and Shame are two different emotions.

SHAME due to what :
due to financial conditions ... Calc.Flour-X
due to ill health ... Ars.Alb.
due to lack of confidence ... Larch-Bach
due to lack of good looks ... Lyco
due to being over-tall (excess height) ... Phos
due to being under-height ... Cal.Phos-200X
due to being a dwarf ... Cal.Phos-200X, Bar.Carb-1M
due to dirty smile ... Sulph.
due to dirty teeth ... Kres
due to obesity ... Cal.Carb.
................ and un-exhaustively many more

AFTER-EFFECTS of shame, (though unexhaustive), leads to :
1. Social (family, business, love life, married life) setbacks ...
2. Has a cumulative effect on generations, (call it forced herediatery)
3. One prime cause leading to infertility
4. One prime cause leading to impotency
5. Shame is responsible for multi-billion pharma, cosmetic and other allied industry ..
6. Shame leads to Alcoholsim, druggism, Tobacco abuse, child abuses.
7. Shame is generated due to lack of confidence, knowledge, resources ....
8 .....

SHAME can be a individualisation technique, to isolate patients emotions and then repertorise the rare keynotes extracted from the patient.

Nesha-India, will be more than eager to continue on this subject, if you have the inclination.

A QUOTE : "A strong person and a waterfall always channel their own path"

Also consider reading : http://www.abchomeopathy.com/forum2.php/35254
Nesha-India last decade
thanks a lot for your thoughts on this.
For 'Walkin' - Yes, the background psychology is important here - from the research I've done so far, there's a resurgence of interest in this issue among psychologists and psychotherapists. This has led me to think about the way that the psychological state (mental/emotional state) can be understood homeopathically - i.e. what signs and symptoms or states we might observe in homeopathic terms that indicate shame is present, or conditions that are linked with shame. What is a homeopathic understanding of shame, I wonder?
For Nesha - thanks for making the point about the distinction between shyness and shame - it's sometimes difficult to know what lies behind shyness when seeing a patient for the first time... Because people with shame issues have often developed techniques for 'covering up' their problem so that they can cope (e.g. keeping something they consider shameful a secret), I wonder if this is not only about individualising, but also driving their condition deeper - in the particular case of shame - so it begins to produce a physical picture or even a more chronic mental/emotional picture... - if you have any more thoughts on this, it'd be great to hear from you again. I'm also realising that shame is going to be culturally conditioned too...
Again, many thanks for your comments and would welcome more!
Be well, be happy,
zoodella last decade

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