Articles written by Dietrich Desmarais

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  • Those Defining Moments

    Dietrich Desmarais|Updated Nov 28, 2022

    I was born in Winnipeg but within a year, my parents moved to Spirit River, Alberta. My mom had been married twice and her first husband had an affair and abandoned her and her first child. Eventually she met my dad, and they got married and had my brother and me. We moved back to Winnipeg when I was ten and lived in the western part of the city for two years. Then tragedy struck our family. My dad worked in underground construction with his brother. One day, on his way home,...

  • Turning shame into something useful

    Dietrich Desmarais|Updated Nov 14, 2016

    Editor's Note: People who have suffered the trauma of childhood sexual abuse very often feel shame throughout their lives. Author Dietrich Desmarais writes about shame and how a person can turn it around for good. Shame can be a helpful emotion. There is a distinction between toxic and helpful developmental feelings of shame that are necessary for maturity. Bad shame comes from false beliefs that drive us to hide, feel shameful and worthless. This shame causes us to retreat...

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