Sexual Shame: What It Is And How It Shows Up

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It can co-exist or be compounded by other issues

Though not always the case, sexual shame can be tied to other issues pertaining to emotional or mental wellbeing.

“Any deep-seated feelings or limiting beliefs we have that our sexuality is wrong, bad, should be kept hidden, or that sex just isn’t something we’re allowed to enjoy or want for ourselves are big indicators that someone is afflicted with sexual shame,” Whitney says. “I’ll say too that there are often many other factors that come into play with sexual shame. Sexual shame can be alongside or compounded by other personal struggles—body image, self-worth, or any trauma we’ve experienced.”

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