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External Shame Scale

One of the biggest blocks to experiencing compassion – whether to ourselves (self-compassion) or from other people –  is shame.  There’s lots of research that we and our colleagues have been involved in which has shown that higher levels of shame are associated with (amongst other things) low self-esteem, and higher self-criticism, rumination, depression and anxiety.

One important type of shame is called external shame – this is when we have a sense that other people think and feel negatively about us.

Are you interested in finding out whether you’re sensitive to external shame? If so, take our short quiz to find out.

* Note: Goss, K., Gilbert, P., & Allan, S. (1994). An exploration of shame measures—I: The other as Shamer scale. Personality and Individual differences, 17(5), 713-717.