As I've worked with countless individuals struggling with sexual compulsivity, both in individual and couple's settings, in nearly every case we have had to face head on the presence of chronic shame.
Chronic shame is more than a passing moment of pain for those who carry it. Chronic shame is more than a feeling of embarrassment or the belief that one is worthless. We now understand from research in affect regulation and neurophysiology that chronic shame is the result of developmental psychosocial trauma that lives within an individual's nervous system.
There's no way to cover everything there is to know about this important subject in this 50 minute presentation. But I do believe this introduction to the subject provides foundational knowledge for a paradigm shift in how we see shame, addiction, and healing.
If you work with those pursuing recovery from sexual compulsivity — or perhaps you fight this struggle yourself — you will find powerful truths in this lecture.