The Culture of Shame

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1998 - Psychology - 225 pages
Shame, which Dr. Morrison defines as a feeling of intrinsic self-worthlessness, is now seen to underlie a range of psychological problems. With clarity and insight, Dr. Morrison traces the development of shame, from infancy through its more sophisticated forms, and explores the roots and expression of shame in our society. Shame gives rise to a wide array of disorders, including depression, addictions, and eating and sexual disorders, as well as emotional problems linked to trauma, gender, race, illness, old age, and infertility. In our society, shame manifests itself through alienation, lack of motivation, and feelings of meaninglessness. In The Culture of Shame, Dr. Morrison exposes the many masks of shame and examines the way shame paralyzes us, individually and culturally. He explains the language of shame and its painful consequences. Through powerful case studies, he illuminates the impact of shame on the lives of individuals and how shame can be overcome.
 

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A ponderous, touchy-feely examination of shame, its causes, and its role in the psychotherapeutic process. While psychoanalyst Morrison (Harvard Medical School) still holds Freud dear, he diverges ... Read full review

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Psychiatrist Morrison (Shame: The Underside of Narcissism, Analytic Pr., 1989) here examines an area that has been hardly written about or researched: shame. He blames shame for eating disorders, drug ... Read full review

Contents

Its Prevalence and Development
1
Part II Beyond the Burden of Shame
101
Afterword
195
Notes
202
Index
216
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