Is all productivity motivated by shame, or fear of shame? I’m not sure, but I’m intrigued to learn more about this phenomenon.
One of the things we’ve doing on this roadtrip is listening to Brene Brown’s audiobook The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings on Authenticity, Connection and Courage. I’ve written about Brown’s work on vulnerability in posts processing vulnerable feelings, and I’m enjoying hearing more about her research.
I write a series called Workaholic Missives in which I mostly jest about the not-so-glamorous life of a workaholic. I don’t perceive myself as motivated by a desire to avoid shame, but then, I know humans trick themselves into believing all sorts of things.
What do you think – are productive people generally trying to out-work their sense of shame? Or are there multiple ways to read productive impulses?