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Chronic shame is painful, corrosive and elusive. It resists self-help and undermines even intensive psychoanalysis. Patricia A. DeYoung’s cutting-edge book gives chronic shame the serious attention it deserves, integrating new brain science with an inclusive tradition of relational psychotherapy. She looks behind the myriad symptoms of shame to its relational essence. As DeYoung describes how chronic shame is wired into the brain and developed in personality, she clarifies complex concepts and makes them available for everyday therapy practice.

Grounded in clinical experience and alive with case examples, Understanding and Treating Chronic Shame is highly enjoyable and immediately helpful. Patricia A. DeYoung’s clear, engaging writing helps listeners recognise the presence of shame in the therapy room, think through its origins and effects in their clients’ lives, and decide how best to work with those clients. Therapists will find that Understanding and Treating Chronic Shame enhances the scope of their practice and efficacy with this client group, which comprises a large part of most therapy practices. Challenging, enlightening and nourishing, this book belongs in the library of every shame-aware therapist.

©2015 Patricia A. DeYoung (P)2021 Taylor & Francis

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An indispensable aid to a cousellor

Many references, many realizations, many profound statements occurring from experiences and knowledge. I am glad I tried this. At times in May seem a bit “long” but for these brief, complicated paragraphs I sped it up. FULL of tips and suggestions. Well narrated too. As if it was the author.