Sexual Shame: What It Is And How It Shows Up

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Some of it is part of an inner dialogue

It is possible that your shame doesn’t come out through your sexual activities but rather through your thinking about sex. One’s sex life may appear “healthy” but their feelings may say otherwise. If you think of someone with an eating disorder, for example, this individual may eat in a “healthy” way by a nutritionist’s standards, but live with disturbing thoughts and feelings around food. In that same way, sexual shame in some cases may only present internally. “A lot of sexual shame shows up within the self-talk and inner dialogues we have with ourselves,” Whitney says. “It’s in the way we think about sex in general but particularly in the way we feel about our sexuality, our sexual desires.”

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