Can I Move Past Toxic Shame? With Dr. Gregory Jantz [Episode 255]

Move Past Toxic Shame Dr. Gregory Jantz

Shame is to the soul what cancer is to the body. It eats away at our self-esteem, erodes our relationships, and keeps us from moving forward in life. In fact, toxic shame is often what drives addictions, anxieties, and depression.

But the good news is that freedom is possible. And that’s what we’re exploring today with author Dr. Gregory Jantz. He’ll weave together reliable psychological principles with biblical truths to start you on the path of wellness and peace.

3 Ways to Experience God’s Esteem

So, how’s your self-esteem? Gag. Ugh. I don’t really like that question! If I answer, “fine” or “good” or “great” then I get all twisted up with over-analysis and wonder if I’m full of myself!

If I answer, “it stinks and is really low” then I get all knotted up with guilt and despair! It’s a tricky question to answer, isn’t it?


So, let’s not answer it! Let’s ask a different — a better — question: “How’s my God esteem?”

What is Under that Overreaction?

“Down Sparky!”

That’s what I wanted to say so badly to the woman in line in front of me who was having a five-star meltdown!

I wanted to, but, I did not! I was afraid she would turn around and hit me!


The sister was 2 seconds away from losing what was left of her cool.

Are You a Winnie the Pooh?

In the children’s story Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin lives in his own imaginary “100 Acre Woods” with the rest of the infamous characters.

I, along with most women, have my very own “100 Issue Woods.” But sadly, mine is not imaginary. Neither is yours.

Our 100 Issue Woods tend to be populated with some very interesting characters. Wanna see who they might be? I thought it would be fun to do an arm-chair analysis–a little non-expert, tongue-in-cheek psychological exploration of each of these classic characters and find out how each represents our own 100 Issue Woods. I’ll start with the most beloved … Winnie the Pooh.


We all know and love Winnie the Pooh. I for one have my very own Winnie the Pooh in my 100 Issue Wood. Why, you ask?