Coming out of Shame: Transforming Gay and Lesbian Lives

Coming out of Shame: Transforming Gay and Lesbian Lives

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by Gershen Kaufman, Lev Raphael, Lev Raphael
     
 

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Gershen Kaufman and Lev Raphael expose the role shame has come to play in the lives of gay men and lesbians. The authors break the silence surrounding gay and lesbian experience so that individuals can "come out" of shame and begin a path toward personal growth and acceptance.See more details below

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Gershen Kaufman and Lev Raphael expose the role shame has come to play in the lives of gay men and lesbians. The authors break the silence surrounding gay and lesbian experience so that individuals can "come out" of shame and begin a path toward personal growth and acceptance.

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Library Journal
Psychologist and psychotherapist Kaufman (Shame: The Power of Caring, Shenckman, 1981) has been publishing on shame for two decades; Raphael, his life partner of ten years, is best known for his fiction (Winter Eyes, St. Martin's, 1992). Together they present the main features of shame theory based on the work of Silvan Tomkins; they then move on to examine how internalized shame and fear impact on self-esteem, identity, and intimacy, specifically in the life experiences of lesbians and gay men. Maintaining that the self is continuously evolving, the authors offer "reparenting" imagery to transform scenes in an attempt to help make patterns of emotion more visible and thus diminish shame in individuals and relationships, as well as facilitate resolution of such issues as sexual monogamy. The use of humor and examples from case studies help mitigate the text's redundancy. The technical terminology somewhat obscures the many insights in this book clearly intended for the sophisticated layperson. For public collections strong on gay issues.-James E. Van Buskirk, San Francisco P.L.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385477963
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/28/1996
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
625,983
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

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