The suppressed, gnawing, universal darkness: shame
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, M.S., 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, and patients in treatment.
“This comprehensive and compassionate resource offers both people in recovery and clinicians hope that by addressing underlying shame we can create a life filled with harmony and peace.”
—Sherry Gaba, LCSW, author of the award winning book, The Law of Sobriety: Attracting Positive Energy for a Powerful Recovery
Paperback • $17.95 • 978-1-62491-074-6
176 Pages @ 5.5” x 8.5”
E-book • $12.95 • 978-1-62491-075-3
Gerald Loren Fishkin, M.S., Ph.D., has been focused on helping people for most of his life. A practicing psychotherapist and author in southern California since 1970, Dr. Fishkin possesses fine academic credentials and an outgoing personality. He 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 any audience, as are his amusing and illuminating anecdotes collected from years of professional experience.
Dr. Fishkin holds full clinical membership in the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, He has held full membership in The American Psychological Association, The British Psychological Society, and many other professional associations. He has been Adjunct Professor of Police Science and Administration of Justice at Long Beach City College, California State University at Long Beach, and USC since 1971. He has taught Police Officer Standards and Training workshops on such topics as the sexually deviant, mentally ill, and aggressive offender. Dr. Fishkin is a certified Senior Mediator for the Superior Court, State of California.