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With fine academic credentials and 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 to by his audience, as are his amusing anecdotes collected from years of professional experience.

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The science of shame and its treatment is a must read book for anybody seeking to understand why their self-talk is so abusive

 and unrelenting and how that

can be changed for a great

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     This is an intriguing and thought-provoking little book about the little voice in our heads that whispers (or shouts) that we are just not good enough... the voice of shame. Shame, according to the author, is different from guilt, in that guilt is a feeling of wrongness about something one has done whereas shame feels that way about who one intrinsically is. Shame begins in infancy, even pre-verbally, when some trauma or abuse from a trusted caregiver leads a child to feel that they are not good enough to have the love and care they require but lack. However, compassion-based therapy, which helps explore patients’ childhood trauma, can bring healing and wholeness.

 

     There is much to ponder in this book. Readers will appreciate the knowledgeable but accessible writing style that avoids jargon while staying firmly rooted in good science. It is easy to understand, but relatively little is said about the treatment aspect. This is understandable, as the author’s point is to convince a therapist audience that shame is not treatable through common behavioral modification therapies, but for lay readers it leaves one feeling rather hopeless that anyone can escape shame’s irrational but controlling mandates.

 

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 - Gretchen Wagner

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       Dr. Gerald Loren Fishkin specializes in:

    • Child, adolescent, and adult therapy
    • Family therapy and treatment
    • Clinical hypnosis treatment
    • Consultant for police and fire departments

Dr. Gerald L. Fishkin is a practicing psychotherapist and author residing in Southern California. He has been in clinical practice since 1970.