Facing Shame: Families in Recovery

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"This book will be helpful to all practitioners of psychological services and to all persons who wish to understand their dilemnas better." —Virginia M. Satir
Families that return for treatment time and again often have problems that seem unrelated—such as compulsive, addictive, or abusive behaviors—but that are linked by an underlying process of shame. Comparing the shame-bound family system with the respectful family system, Fossum and Mason outline the assumptions underlying their depth approach to family ...

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Overview

"This book will be helpful to all practitioners of psychological services and to all persons who wish to understand their dilemnas better." —Virginia M. Satir
Families that return for treatment time and again often have problems that seem unrelated—such as compulsive, addictive, or abusive behaviors—but that are linked by an underlying process of shame. Comparing the shame-bound family system with the respectful family system, Fossum and Mason outline the assumptions underlying their depth approach to family therapy and take the reader step by step through the stages of therapy. Case examples are used to illustrate the process.

Familes that return for therapy many times have problems that seem unrelated--such as compulsive, addictive or abusive behaviors--but are linked by an underlying process of shame. Comparing the shame-bound family system with the respectful family system, Fossum and Mason outline the assumptions underlying their deft approach to family therapy and take the reader step-by-step through the stages of therapy.

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M. Duncan Stanton
“A sensitive book, rich in understanding. . . . As the authors teach us how to fill the emotional void that shame creates—providing a positive therapeutic alternative to the blame-shame game—they also fill a void that has long existed in the field.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393305814
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/17/1989
  • Series: Professional Books Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 210
  • Sales rank: 479,146
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Merle A. Fossum, ACSW, is co-founder of the Family Therapy Institute in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he is director of training. He has been a family therapist for twenty-five years.

Marilyn M. Mason, Ph.D., is a family therapist at the Family Therapy Institute in St. Paul. She is also clinical assistant professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2002

    One of the best books on shame.

    This book presents a systemic view of shame. I use it in my practice with families. A great book to have in your personal library!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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