Finding unapologetic self worth in sex, shame, & secrets | Nselaa Ward, Juris Doctor | TEDxAsheville

Finding unapologetic self worth in sex, shame, & secrets | Nselaa Ward, Juris Doctor | TEDxAsheville

Personal Journey of Redemption

  • The speaker, an attorney, shares their personal journey of overcoming past secrets and trauma, including their mother's addiction and involvement in sex work, to find redemption and self-worth.
  • Despite a successful career, their past secrets led to public scrutiny, loss of business, law degree, and personal relationships.

The Prostitute Archetype

  • The speaker discovered the concept of the "Prostitute Archetype" in psychology, representing survival, self-esteem, self-worth, and shame.
  • The Prostitute Archetype extends beyond traditional prostitution, encompassing the exchange of value for personal or financial gain in various life aspects.
  • It acts as a gatekeeper to self-esteem and security.

Societal Attitudes and Shame

  • The speaker encourages examining how individuals use the power of the Prostitute Archetype and recognizing the unique, unforgiving shame associated with it.
  • They advocate for a shift in societal attitudes towards mistakes and failures, promoting learning and growth instead of perpetuating shame and judgment.

Embracing the Prostitute Archetype

  • The prostitute archetype has both positive and negative aspects, but society only embraces the negative.
  • Institutional shame, resulting from embracing only the negative side, leads to psychological trauma, depression, anxiety, and high recidivism rates.
  • The prostitute archetype involves exchanging personal power, and avoiding or condemning it compromises one's power for perceived peace.
  • Shame and regret can be transformed into power by embracing the archetype and changing the lens from negative to positive.

Empowerment and Self-Worth

  • Forgiving oneself and taking inventory of one's talents and value, even the negative aspects, can empower individuals and help them walk in their truth.
  • Choosing to stop hiding secrets and regrets and instead embracing them can transform shame into unapologetic self-worth and success.

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