The Science Of Shame And Its Treatment: And Its Treatment by Gerald Loren FishkinThe Science Of Shame And Its Treatment: And Its Treatment by Gerald Loren Fishkin

The Science Of Shame And Its Treatment: And Its Treatment

byGerald Loren Fishkin

Paperback | March 1, 2016

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Shame is the ghost in the machine of the human mind.  It can implant itself in the psyche before the first word is spoken, even before the first thought has formed.  In his groundbreaking book, The Science of Shame and Its Treatment, psychotherapist and author Gerald Loren Fishkin, Ph.D., addresses the genesis of shame and self-talk from an empirical analysis of their core elements, its insidious ingress into conscious thought, and the havoc it inflicts on a person’s self-worth and behavior.

Through his empirical analysis and understanding of toxic shame, Dr. Fishkin has identified multiple effective clinical approaches for its treatment and addressing shame-based behaviors.  He clearly outlines why contemporary treatment approaches, including cognitive behavioral therapy, do not treat core shame wounds and most often cause individuals to terminate the therapeutic process prematurely.
This book is a must-read for clinicians, addiction specialists, teachers, students of human behavior, counselors, social workers, patients in treatment.
With fine academic credentials and an outgoing personality, Dr. Fishkin is an articulate professional and straight talker who believes in sharing his experiences and insights about human behavior without the need for cliché, "psychobabble," or statistics to reinforce his words. His clarity of thought and speech are immediately related ...
Title:The Science Of Shame And Its Treatment: And Its TreatmentFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.6 inPublished:March 1, 2016Publisher:Parkhurst Brothers Publishers IncLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1624910742

ISBN - 13:9781624910746

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From the Author

There is an overwhelming relationship between negative self-talk and shame-based behavior, including drug and alcohol addiction, family violence and significant self-defeating behaviors including emotional and physical isolation and withdrawal. Shame is experienced universally and rarely discussed - even in therapy. The compassion for oneself and compassion-based therapies may be a primary key to unlocking shame since cognitive behavior therapy does not work with shame. If you have an addictive disorder and one effective treatment, you must talk about shame. Shame is governed by affects that are biologically based and located in the basal ganglia of the brain, in close proximity to our brains activation center (the Reticular Activating System) and may be associated with PTSD in child and adulthood. These children are high strung and quick to react as displayed through fight or flight mechanisms always operating defensively. The greater the early life trauma, abuse, emotional and physical neglect or violence, the louder the negative self-defeating self-talk.

Read from the Book

The Shame Attack and the Wound of Shame When shame is activated, when it attacks us, it actually stops all our rational thought processes.  It is difficult, if not impossible, to think positively about something—anything—when we are experiencing self-loathing and worthlessness.  You might say that one is ashamed to feel shame!  We just want to shrink and become invisible when this happens.  Instead of bravely confronting an attack of shame, our response is often to quickly and quietly conceal it.  Ironically, this attempt to hide shame actually develops an additional, reactionary shame response.  We hide what we are ashamed of, and then we feel ashamed about hiding it—quite a vicious cycle!  To complicate matters further, defensively denying shame will likely lead us to avoid situations or people without any understanding of our motivation to do so.  We are now confused—and still ashamed. 

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Shame
Chapter 2: Mind, Consciousness, and the Seeds of Self-Talk 
Chapter 3: Definitions and Foundations of Affective Learning
Chapter 4: Self-Talk
Chapter 5: Love vs. Abuse.
Chapter 6: The Treatment of Shame
Reference List

Editorial Reviews

“Understanding that shame is not equivalent with guilt, narcissism, or genuine criticism is vital in overcoming the stigma that is negative self-talk, in becoming and staying healthy. Dr. Fishkin not only presents readers with the identification and analysis of a problem, he offers therapeutic solutions. The case studies included in the book give us a sense of the kind of action that needs to be taken. These actions are preventative, pragmatic, and sustainable to maintain lasting healing and foster health. It is no easy task to isolate, identify, or express toxic shame. It is always easier to deal with symptoms rather than the core issue, and this is what makes The Science of Shame and Its Treatment not just compelling but an arresting work.    Whether or not you are dealing with trauma, emotional distress, or abusive behavior, The Science of Shame and Its Treatment is vital to understanding not just other selves but one’s self. Dr. Fishkin has made a foray into a fresh field of study, one that could aid countless people in a myriad of ways.”