Thank you so much for the courage to share this piece! Can I just highlight the whole thing!!?? :) This is absolutely my story as well, the uncovering of shame as the (task)master emotion. Love Brene Brown as well! I discovered her about a year ago, and her work has been a big part of helping dig out of a bunch of stuff recently. For me, hiding had been the way I’ve dealt with this. I’m giving everything I’ve got to try and overcome this tendency and live a more vulnerable, connected and full life. This piece has succeeded in making me feel less alone. Thank you again for your honesty!