Everybody has their own story to tell, and all of them are fascinating.
One of the self-preservation methodologies I've always employed (really the genesis of the character of "Little Georgie") is to take internal pain, and externalize it -- publicly, if possible.
In retrospect, I've actually been pretty lucky to have been able to do this; being a musician and entertainer allowed me to create a vehicle to use the stage and electronic media (like a CD) as a "Bully Pulpit" to exorcise personal demons.
Wounds heal faster if exposed to air and light. Humiliation ceases to be powerful if personal shame is discussed openly and confusion can morph into enlightenment, faster…if you have the capability to expose it openly with anyone who might be in ear or eyeshot.
"Little Georgie" was invented way before widespread usage of the Internet. Now, 17 years later, we have blogs, social networking sites, and most importantly, YouTube and vlogs, where a worldwide "Bully Pulpit" is available to anyone with a computer and a webcam.
Now, anyone can access this methodology, at anytime, and this is happening, now.....so quickly, that it's hard to notice.
But some people are noticing, and being very mindfully aware of a societal "shift". One of them is Michael Wesch.
I urge any one who reads this to check out this presentation:
The Anthropology of YouTube.
"Physician, heal Thyself". Now anyone can do it.