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The Upside of Shame

The Upside of Shame: Therapeutic Interventions Using the Positive Aspects of a “Negative” Emotion

Author: Vernon C. Kelly, Jr., M.D., Mary C. Lamia, Ph.D.
New York: W. W. Norton & Company (February 6, 2018)

This is a marvelous book exploring the positive attributes of what we know of as shame. It has profound implications for understanding our internal world and our interpersonal relationships. It also presents detailed descriptions and examples of the use of these concepts in psychotherapy with a variety of diagnoses.

The authors suggest that shame has emerged to inform us “that our happiness is at risk…It is potentially a powerful motivator of change for the better…it exists to inform and protect the self” (p. xi, xvi).