for Shame: The Power of Caring, by Gershen Kaufman
"We are indebted to Gershen Kaufman for his special
sensitivity to the role of shame and its contribution to affect theory, requiring
as it did conjointly, affect sensitivity, personal integrity, cognitive
depth, and not least, personal courage in exposing his own self to the professional
-Silvan S. Tomkins
"Gershen Kaufman's Shame has been of immense
value to me, and opened for me the whole area of shame. I recommend it very
"Shame was the first book to offer a sensible
treatment strategy for people whose lives were suffused with shame. Until
Gershen Kaufman suggested it was both necessary and proper to offer warmth
and kindness as antidotes for shame, otherwise well trained therapists remained
'neutral' and aloof to this form of pain and suffering. There is no better
way to begin your study of shame than to read this book."
-Donald L. Nathanson, M.D.