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Know everyone has feelings of shame but why don't bosses show them?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Context

Bosses are supposed to be "in charge, " and often may feel that they have to display confidence in their behavior even when it is not present, e.
g., having to lay off personnel because business is bad. Many don't want to look "weak" even if they are ashamed of their actions. But, it's not true "everyone" feels shame; some always find ways of rationalizing their behaviors and stay guilt free.

In brief: Context

Bosses are supposed to be "in charge, " and often may feel that they have to display confidence in their behavior even when it is not present, e.
g., having to lay off personnel because business is bad. Many don't want to look "weak" even if they are ashamed of their actions. But, it's not true "everyone" feels shame; some always find ways of rationalizing their behaviors and stay guilt free.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Dr. Glen Elliott
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Well, not everyone

Some people do not have the capacity for shame or guilt: antisocial personality-disordered ones.
These have no compassion for others, and see them as means to an end -- using people like things. Some bosses may be in this category, but certainly not all. Unless your boss has this personality problem, s/he may simply hide emotions in order to function at work, and keep his.Her own job.

In brief: Well, not everyone

Some people do not have the capacity for shame or guilt: antisocial personality-disordered ones.
These have no compassion for others, and see them as means to an end -- using people like things. Some bosses may be in this category, but certainly not all. Unless your boss has this personality problem, s/he may simply hide emotions in order to function at work, and keep his.Her own job.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Shame

Likely there is insecurity in not only bosses but in people in general who cannot discuss shame.
Shame is just about the darkest emotion to verbalize, yet everyone feels shame about something. Including bosses. However, fear of judgement and further shaming therefrom inhibits discussion on the topic.

In brief: Shame

Likely there is insecurity in not only bosses but in people in general who cannot discuss shame.
Shame is just about the darkest emotion to verbalize, yet everyone feels shame about something. Including bosses. However, fear of judgement and further shaming therefrom inhibits discussion on the topic.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Dr. Andrew Berry
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Dr. Brian Lynch
Family Medicine

In brief: Shame

Everyone has to feel shame.
It is a physical feeling from not getting what you want. As we grow we are able to learn how to suppress feelings. Shame is most likely the most unrecognized and un admitted feeling of humans. Shame: the head and eyes turning down. This posture is considered weak and we learn to jet out our jaw. I believe much neck pain is due to this. Brianlynchmd.Com.

In brief: Shame

Everyone has to feel shame.
It is a physical feeling from not getting what you want. As we grow we are able to learn how to suppress feelings. Shame is most likely the most unrecognized and un admitted feeling of humans. Shame: the head and eyes turning down. This posture is considered weak and we learn to jet out our jaw. I believe much neck pain is due to this. Brianlynchmd.Com.
Dr. Brian Lynch
Dr. Brian Lynch
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