37: Marcela Matos on Shame and the Fear of Compassion


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In this episode, Dr. Marcela Matos joins Kate and Alex to define shame, describing how the emotion serves an adaptive social function but can also cause us problems when it is too pervasive and shapes our identity. She explores why common shame experiences become traumatic for some people and goes on to explain how compassion, love and acceptance function as powerful antidotes to shame. Listen in for Dr. Matos’ insight on supporting individuals with traumatic shame memories and learn more about her research on the range of resistances, blocks, and fears of compassion.

Dr. Marcela Matos is a clinical psychologist and postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Research in Neuropsychology and Cognitive Behavioral Intervention at the University of Coimbra in Portugal. She has done extensive training in compassion-focused therapy and authored more than 70 scientific papers on topics of compassion, shame, self-criticism, psychopathology and wellbeing. Dr. Matos recently served as lead on a global research project exploring the protective role of compassion in the COVID-19 pandemic.

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