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Too ashamed to return to work

Gabrielle Lis

Shame feeds aggression and avoidance: barriers to RTW. How can workplaces and treating practitioners foster empowerment and pride instead?

Shame and pride are emotions founded in social evaluation. Under the radar of conscious perception, we constantly evaluate and monitor ourselves during social interactions. However, we tend to experience this self-evaluation as peer-evaluation. We feel shame when we believe that others are making negative evaluations about us. We feel pride when we believe that others are making positive evaluations about us. Long-term work absence has the poten...

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