Shame spirals also often include pain, drama, screaming, dancing on furniture, promiscuity, loss of valuables, and damage to one's reputation.
Let it be known that bad shame spirals often happen to good people. They can last anywhere from one night to several years.
Symbolized by a swirly thingy and a sad face.
Gina: Hey, did you call me this morning?
Cory: Yeah dude, can you bring me a bra? I can't find mine.
Gina: Um.. you're at work.
Cory: Yes. Last night was a fuckin shame spiral.
Shopalholic Sue: "My rent check yesterday bounced but today there was this cute pair of shoes on sale and I had to buy them. How do I get out of this shame spiral?"
Verb: To be emotionally engaged in the condition of a shame spiral.
Gary: Oh god I'm so hungover. I hate this. I hate myself. I'm never doing that again. What kind of a jack-ass was I last night?
Simon: C'mon, quit shame spiralling. It's no big deal. So, you got a little bit wasted last night.
Gary: I spent my last $50 on booze last night. I hate myself and want to die. I'm never drinking again. I can't believe I hit on my student last night. I'm such a pig. Go away.
2. Also, could mean a general decline in status of coolness or random terrible behavior that will inevitably lead to a meltdown.
-Dude, I was on shamespiral.
-What's up with Jenny (on L-Word)?
-She's got a one way ticket on the shamespiral express to crazy town!