The Psychology of Shame

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The Psychology of Shame

SKU# 9780826166722

Theory and Treatment of Shame-Based Syndromes, Second Edition

Author: Gershen Kaufman PhD


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In this classic volume, Kaufman synthesizes object relations theory, interpersonal theory, and, in particular, Silvan Tompkins's affect theory, to provide a powerful and multidimensional view of shame. Using his own clinical experience, he illustrates the application of affect theory to general classes of shame-based syndromes including compulsive; schizoid, depressive, and paranoid; sexual dysfunction; splitting; and sociopathic. This second edition includes two new chapters in which Dr. Kaufman presents shame as a societal dynamic and shows its impact on culture. He examines the role of shame in shaping the evolving identity of racial, ethnic, and religious minorities, and expands his theory of governing scenes. This new edition will continue to be of keen interest to clinical psychiatrists as well as graduate students.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date January 01, 2004
  • Page Count 364
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826166722
  • EISBN 9780826166739

Table of Contents 

    Foreword to the First Edition, by Silvan Tompkins
    Preface to the Second Edition
    Preface to the First Edition
    Part I: A Developmental Theory of Shame, Identity, and the Self
  1. Phenomenology and Facial Signs of Shame
  2. The Face of Shame Over the Life Cycle
  3. Internalization of Shame
  4. Psychological Magnification of Shame Scenes
  5. Reformulating Psychopathology

  6. Part II: Psychotherapeutic Intervention
  7. Restoring the Interpersonal Bridge
  8. Returning Internalized Shame to Its Interpersonal Origins
  9. Identity Regrowth and Healing Shame
  10. Developing Equal Power in Current Relationships and the Family of Origin
  11. Time-Limited Group-Focused Treatment for Shame-Based Syndromes
  12. A Language of the Self

  13. Part III: Contemporary Problems
  14. Identity, Culture, and Ideology
  15. Governing Scenes in Personality and Culture

  16. Bibliography