Erosion: The Psychopathology of Self-Criticism by Golan Shahar

Erosion: The Psychopathology of Self-Criticism

byGolan Shahar

Hardcover | September 3, 2015

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Self-criticism is a personality trait that has been implicated in a wide range of psychopathologies and developmental arrests. Defined as the tendency to set unrealistically high standards for one's self and to adopt a punitive stance towards the self once these standards are not met,self-criticism is both active and cyclical. Self-critics actively create the social-interpersonal conditions that generate their distress, and their distress itself exacerbates self-criticism.Erosion offers a comprehensive treatment of self-criticism based in philosophy, developmental science, personality and clinical psychology, social theories, and cognitive-affective neuroscience. Professor Golan Shahar expertly summarizes the most recent research on the topic and synthesizes theory,empirical research, and clinical practice guidelines for assessment, prevention, and treatment. The book rests upon three elements that, as Shahar argues, are central to the maintenance of self-critical vulnerability: the importance of a concept of an authentic self or the need to "feel real"; theimportance of intentionality and goal-directedness; and the power of interpersonal relationships and cultural context. Shahar argues that exploring these elements requires an integrated clinical approach that incorporates multidimensional assessment and interventions which reconcile science,practice, and policy. The result is a broad and scholarly volume that is useful to practitioners, researchers, and theorists interested in self-criticism.

About The Author

Golan Shahar, PhD, is Professor of Clinical-Health and Developmental-Health Psychology at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, where he directs the Stress, Self, and Health Lab. Dr. Shahar is the founding director of the Ben-Gurion University Center for the Advancement of Research on Stress (BGU-CARES). He also serves as Visitin...

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Title:Erosion: The Psychopathology of Self-CriticismFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:September 3, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019992936X

ISBN - 13:9780199929368

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Table of Contents

Larry Davidson: ForewordPrefaceAcknowledgmentsPart I: In Effect1. The culprit and its modus operandi2. Eliminating the other suspectsPart II: In Theory3. Theories of self-criticism and their discontents4. Authenticity and Self-Knowledge (ASK)5. Development, families, and cultures: The Axis of Criticism (ACRIM)Part III: In Practice6. Credo: A philosophy of treatment7. Specific interventions and guidelines8. PostscriptNotesGlossaryReferencesAbout the AuthorIndex