The Bulge Under The Rug: On the Repression and Mutation of Shame

Shame and violence are natural emotions that have always gone hand-in-hand. Nearly two decades ago, as a young child, I recall the first time I witnessed and learned how shame manifests into violence, in the physical and verbal abuse my father would impose upon my mother. (My father would impose his cowardice, not to be mistaken for strength). Once my anxious seven-year-old self…