Prejudices and Christianity

We can finish up the discussion of LGBT history and myth by summarizing the influence that the founding fathers of Christianity had on western civilization and how that influence remains a part of our lives today. The founding fathers of Christianity – including St. Paul, Augustine, etc. – promoted sexuality as a bad thing at the same time they were …

Toxic Shame

The concept of toxic shame was created by an addiction specialist by the name of John Bradshaw, who is now lauded as a senior fellow at The Meadows in Arizona, where inpatients can receive treatment for various disorders, behaviors, and addictions.  Toxic shame is an incredibly helpful concept that helps individuals heal from it once they understand that it is …

The Shadow

Carl Jung formulated the concept of “the shadow,” which is a place where individuals store feelings about themselves that they don’t like and would rather not deal with.  These feelings can include hatred, sadness, anger, envy, jealousy, and internalized messages and phobias that come from others. These messages that we receive from the outside world tell us that we’re not …

Internalized Phobia

As members of the LGBT community deal with the effects of homophobia, lesbian phobia, biphobia, and transphobia, these concepts continue to be internalized into the psyche and stir up problems with self-perception, self esteem, and self love. When individuals internalize negative beliefs and stereotypes, they end up assimilating negative views about themselves into their psyche, including their mentality and their …