Since shame festers in silence, the opposite is that healthy talk will break thru and start erasing shame about mental health and other secrets that make us sick.
Hear the back story of why we launched the Erasing Shame podcast, with no budget and no staff at that. Co-Founder DJ Chuang explains how people can learn to have honest and healthy talk about unspoken feelings by listening to others share their personal stories and lived experiences.
This episode was recorded before a live workshop audience at the 2nd annual Mental Health Conference Cal State Fullerton on March 9, 2019.
- Season 1 Opener with Eunice Lee
- Season 2 Opener with Maylee Chang
- Korean American Pressures to be Perfect – Andrew Min
- Erasing Shame about Mental Health in Asian American Communities (2018 summer series)
- California State University, Fullerton (CSUF)
- Allied Health Student Association (AHSA)
- Health & Human Development Inter-Club Council (HHDICC)
- Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)
“When we’re talking about shame—and so much of shame manifests itself in silence and what we don’t say and what we don’t share—to find the courage and bravery within yourself to put these things out there, that you’re having a hard time and you need help… That’s strong, that’s being a strong mom. That’s doing your work to face shame.” —Emily Schnitger, LMFT
On this episode of “Seen: An Erasing Shame Podcast,” Eunice connects with Emily Schnitger, a therapist who specializes in maternal mental health and is trained in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
Postpartum depression can be as stigmatized in our culture as mental health in general because our families often do not have the language to discuss this topic. Emily provides insight and experience working with new moms, and advice on how to support moms who may struggle with postpartum.
To contact Emily: relatetherapy.com/emilyschnitger.html
Postpartum Support International: www.postpartum.net
Are you fully embracing your physical & cultural identity? Or are you possibly carrying cultural shame and self-hatred? When you deny a part of your physical/cultural makeup, you are denying the beautiful person you were born to be, both inside and out. Begin to embrace all parts of who you are in order to live true to your identity, free of shame.
Shame is a hefty word. The complexities get greater as you unpack it. To unravel that shame is a lifetime process and that’s when the adventure begins.
Irene Cho poignantly opens up about her lived experiences of erasing shame, dealing with her imperfections, discovering her family history, and why immigrant Asian parents are the way they are.
What happens when we don’t process our emotions? Pent up emotional toxicity weighs us down in our body, mind and spirit. Emotions are meant to be fully processed and follow a full course of action within our physical body, and then be released outward from our body into productive spaces/activities. When the expression of those natural emotions become suppressed, our mind and bodies will process them in unhealthy ways. Here’s a first step to learning about healthy ways to releasing toxic energy and emotions for a healthier mind and body.
Ignoring Your Emotions Is Bad for Your Health. Here’s What to Do About It (Time Magazine, February 2018)
How to create positive affirmations for your life:
80 Powerful Affirmations That Could Change Your Life (mindvalley blog)
There’s so much more to shame than just feeling bad or unworthy. Chinese American blogger Fred Mok (a pastor at Garden City Church, San Jose, California) shares poignant insights from Asian and Asian American cultures that reveal other dimensions of shame that are objective, communal, and relational.
Fred Mok’s blog post— How Asian Americans Misunderstand Shame
Fred blogs at breadbeforerice.blogspot.com
Note to Brené Brown
Brené, we love your work, we really do! Know that you have an open invite here at Erasing Shame. We know you are working very hard on many things, so please do stay healthy and have good self-care.
When you have 5 minutes to spare and call in, we’re here for you: leave a voice mail at our number 619-493-0597 or click on the right sidebar to send a voice message.
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Be a part of the movement and share your stories of shame, overcoming and freedom! Your story matters & has the ability to unlock healing in so many others! The more people share, the more we can normalize the conversation and thereby help each other become a healthier version of ourselves and for a healthier world.
Shame can only be overcome by replacing it with compassion and love, so this is intended to be a safe community for you to continue your healing journey.
On this episode of “Seen: An Erasing Shame Podcast,” Senior Reporter at the Hollywood Reporter Rebecca Sun joins Eunice Lee to discuss the history of Asian-American representation in the media, the effects of whitewashing, and the triumph of seeing Asian-American representation on screen.
“Onscreen representation matters. It gives words or it gives visuals to experiences that we feel, and it validates them. It’s literally like a mirror. Why do we check ourselves out in a mirror? To make sure that what we are feeling is what’s indeed being presented, understood and conveyed accurately. And so when you don’t have representation, it’s like you’ve been walking through this world without a mirror. You are completely not in control of how you’re being perceived.”– Rebecca Sun
*** CORRECTION: the podcast Eunice mentioned is called “They Call Us Bruce” by Phil Yu and Jeff Yang
Angry Asian Man – angryasianman.com
Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment – capeusa.org
“Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism” by Nancy Wang Yuen #book
Behind the Scenes at The Hollywood Reporter’s ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Cover Shoot” in The Hollywood Reporter (August 2, 2018) #article
On this season 2 finale, DJ Chuang shares highlights from the year of 2018, that is, the first 2 seasons of Erasing Shame, plus the special summer series on Erasing Shame about Mental Health in Asian American Communities. This episode wraps up with a Top 10 Countdown of the most popular episodes that you won’t want to miss.
Real feelings don’t always tell the truth. Dave Dicken is a Crisis Counselor at Crisis Text Line and he shares a bunch of very practical tips for how to help yourself or someone you know to have courage, find resilience, and get healing.
When the pain is overwhelming, it doesn’t have to be a crisis. There’s no shame in asking for help. It doesn’t require a doctor’s visit or talking on the phone.
Just text. Text HOME to 741741 (in the USA) and know you’re not alone. Tell someone you care about to do this any time they feel the pain is too much to bear and want help. In Canada, text HOME to 686868 for help at your fingertips.
David Dicken email Outreach@thecause.cc
Youtube channel for Make Someone Great Today
Crisis Text Line www.crisistextline.org