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Almost everything I know about shame and guilt, I have learned from making mistakes. Lots and lots of mistakes. Everything else, I learned from my clients. But the way I’ve made any sense of it all has been from the work of June Tangney, professor of psychology at George Mason University; the queen of shame and guilt.
Together with Rhonda Dearing, Tangey wrote two books on the topic, Shame and the Therapy Hour, and Shame and Guilt. She also has a very engaging lecture posted on YouTube, Shame and Guilt: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.