It isn’t the feeling that you’ve done something bad. No, that’s guilt. Shame is the feeling that YOU ARE bad. That you are inherently, fundamentally, broken and flawed. It’s hard to believe, but check and see if it’s not true, most of us operate from a place of shame. Shame has us lead dysfunctional lives because we can’t reconcile this sense of shame with the truth of our soul which tells us we are whole and perfect.
(Based on Brenè Brown’s research on vulnerability)