A self-test to identify areas of unconscious shame in your life
Those staring eyes… that bushy moustache… that accusatory finger. It’s one of the most iconic posters in history. With the caption Your Country Needs You, this poster encouraged thousands of young men to join the British Army in World War I.
The poster works for a very simple reason: it triggers a deeply unpleasant sense of shame.
The poster’s unconscious message was: “You’re a coward”. Petrified by this fear – and the even greater fear of being exposed and humiliated, epitomised by the pointing finger – young men flocked to fight and die in the trenches.
A century later, that same fear of being exposed for not being good enough still lurks in our collective psyche. However, if you ask people whether they have any shame, the reply is very often “no.” This is accurate – to a point. We may not be conscious of any sense of shame. Yet it is there, unconsciously affecting every moment of our lives.
Shame is present when we have behaviour we can’t control, or things we avoid or can’t talk about.
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Shame centres on the emotions, the body and sexuality. It underlies all abuse and sexual dysfunction as well as a whole family of disorders including anxiety, panic attacks, self-harm, comfort eating and porn addiction. Shame can be inherited and is a significant factor in generational trauma.
Can you acknowledge your unconscious shame?
You can do it by taking this self-test and being honest with yourself.
“It certainly takes moral courage to realize that these [socially undesirable] aspects of human nature may be lurking within ourselves.”
— Frieda Fordham
The purpose of this test is not to make you feel bad. It’s purpose is to show you that aspects of your personality you may have thought were just ‘who you are’ are in fact ‘who you have been conditioned to be’. Once you understand that, you move into a position to change them – if you so choose.
The Are YOU Ashamed? self-test identifies previously hidden areas for personal development.
This product is currently free.