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Shame: Free Yourself, Find Joy, and Build True Self-Esteem

Book Information

  • ISBN: 9781760783679
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pub Date: 06/11/2018
  • Category: Society & social sciences / Perception
    Society & social sciences / Psychology
    Health & personal development / Self-help & personal development
    Health & personal development / Coping with personal problems
    Health & personal development / General
  • Imprint: Macmillan Australia
  • Pages: 320
  • Price: $32.99

Shame is a difficult emotion, and most of us do what we can to avoid it. But veteran psychologist Joseph Burgo shows us how we can use shame - which is an inevitable part of being human - as a tool for better understanding ourselves and our relationships with others.

Encounters with embarrassment, guilt, self-consciousness and remorse are an unavoidable part of everyday life, and they sometimes have lessons to teach us - about our goals and values, about the person we expect ourselves to be.

Richly illustrated with clinical stories from Burgo's 35 years in private practice, Shame suggests that this often excruciating emotion tells us a lot about our own self-awareness, and should not always be considered a toxic influence in our lives.

Joseph Burgo takes an intimate look at the full spectrum of shame - often masked by addiction, promiscuity, perfectionism, self-loathing, or narcissism - and offers a new, positive route forward on the road to authentic self-esteem.

'An essential read for anyone who suffers from shame and self-criticism. This book can help transform the way you see yourself and the world.' Shannon Kaiser, bestselling author of The Self-Love Experiment and Adventures For Your Soul

Author Information

Joseph Burgo, PH.D. has been practicing psychotherapy for more than 35 years. His articles and commentary have appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and other major publications. He also writes a blog on the topic of shame for Psychology Today and covers personal development issues from a psychodynamic perspective on his personal website, After Psychotherapy. He is the author of Why Do I Do That? and The Narcissist You Know.