The Neuroscience of Shame

Shawn Horn is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She is from San Diego originally but has called Spokane her home ever since moving in 2002 for her Doctoral Internship. 

Something you may not know about Shawn is that she is a first-generation college student! After being misdiagnosed as a child, she was placed in special education. She received beneficial education only after starting community college!  

 When Shawn is not giving TED Talks, you can find her watching her favorite talks, such as “The Art of Being Yourself” by Caroline McHugh. You may also find her in her yard enjoying time spent landscaping, floating a river, or working on her passion projects. 

Shawn’s favorite beverage of choice is anything black and caffeinated, and her favorite food is any authentic Mexican dish prepared by her grandmother. 

Her dream vacation would be anywhere tropical where she could swim with sea turtles and soak up vitamin D by crystal waters.

What you can look forward to in Shawn’s talk:

  • The misconception that feeling shame is all your fault…
  • How social media and technology can trigger shame without us knowing why…
  • That shame is an emotional reflex and often not a cognitive choice…
  • How social media’s algorithms can often dictate how “liked” we are/feel no matter how beautiful the post…
  • The lack of face-to-face interaction in our world today and how that can induce shame…

Shawn looks forward to seeing you all at the tenth anniversary of TEDx Spokane, and she hopes you leave feeling inspired to stop feeling shame about feeling shame. From nervous system jolts of temporary satisfaction to equipping our brains with tools to fight the ever-present psychological epidemic, Shawn will bring a new perspective on how we inspect comparison and live authentically. 

Find Shawn on social media!

Instagram: @theshamesisters @drshawnhorn

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