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The Shame Complex: A Depth Psychological Exploration of Shame

Narrated by: Chloe Jacobson
Length: 1 hr and 31 mins

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As a self-conscious emotion, shame informs us of an internal state of inadequacy, unworthiness, dishonor, regret, or disconnection. Shame is a clear signal that our positive feelings have been interrupted. Another person or circumstance can trigger shame in us, but so can a failure to meet our ideals or standards. Given that shame can lead us to feel as though our whole self is flawed, bad, or subject to exclusion, it motivates us to hide or to do something to save face. So it is no wonder that shame avoidance can lead to withdrawal or to addictions that attempt to mask its impact.

This audiobook is an alchemical hermeneutic exploration of shame from the depth psychological perspective of a complex. Literature is reviewed related to a definition of the shame complex and understanding its etiology and phenomenological and psychological effects. Through a depth psychological analysis of the author’s personal experience, which includes developing and living with a shame complex, the path toward healing shame is realized as the ability to find the courage to uncover and disclose a personal narrative in the presence of an empathetic analyst, who had the competence to contain and bear witness to his client’s story. For the author, this courageous act has allowed a transformative journey from living with the dehumanizing, toxic effects of shame to realizing a healthy, integrated, humanizing, and enriched quality of life.

©2020 Brittany Forrester (P)2020 Brittany Forrester

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  • David M. Wiens
  • 12-09-2020

Extremely helpful and informative!

This book has been so useful to me as a teacher who works with children from birth to age 7 and their parents in an early childhood development program

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  • Calvin M. Kessler
  • 12-09-2020

recommended

This book offers insight and valuable information about the less explored role of trauma in the development of non-alpha males

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  • Joseph V. Duran
  • 12-09-2020

There is truly hope and healing!

This book is full of insight and compassion. It offers hope for change and healing . The issue of gender role conflict is addressed with wisdom, clarity and grace.

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  • Jennifer B. Griffith
  • 12-09-2020

Powerfully Insightful

The insight provides in this book is outstanding, and presented in a manner that doesn't require a degree I'm psychology to understand. The examples are clear and the insight is profound

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  • Jose T. Davy
  • 12-09-2020

Great help

It really opened my understanding of how my childhood shaped my view of masculinity and challenged me to be more aware of how I parent and teach young men around me about masculinity. It is a book a will refer back too often.

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  • Perry M. Abrego
  • 12-09-2020

Practical and Useful!

The psychology and research is presented in a easy to understand fashion .Thank you for this

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  • Janet R. Jordan
  • 12-09-2020

Insightful and Impactful

If you are a man struggling with past trauma, gender confusion, or toxic shame, this book is a must listen

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  • Diane M. Cantin
  • 12-09-2020

what a book

I can’t recommend this book enough to those struggling as well as for those who work to bring healing.

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  • Wilhelmina R. Turner
  • 12-09-2020

very useful

Teachers, parents, or anyone really need to go read this book! As a special education teacher, I have students who have experienced some sort of trauma or come from dysfunctional homes.

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  • Roy L. Reynolds
  • 12-09-2020

I am impressed by this book

This book is both timely and authoritative on the topic of male gender identity formation.

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  • Kareen J. Strauser
  • 12-09-2020

Hats off to the writers!

This book is a must for ANYONE working as a doctor, nurse, therapist or coach, and is an amazing self help book for anyone who grew up in a dysfunctional family

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  • 12-09-2020

Very Helpful And Well Written

I will always use it as a resource and I HIGHLY recommend it for anyone with CPTSD or for a loved one of someone suffering with it.

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  • 12-09-2020

Definitely a good listen

After being diagnosed with PTSD at age 45, and coming to realize through therapy (EMDR/CBT and talk therapy) this was really the only resource out there that always delivered.

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  • James E. Engle
  • 12-09-2020

LIFE CHANGING!!!!

Our world needs this book and I'm grateful that writer made the sacrifice of his time to make this available for us so we to can go from Surviving to Thriving!!! PRICELESS

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  • Latoya P. Daubert
  • 12-09-2020

Fab!

I really can't say enough positive things about this book. I'm recommending my therapist pick it up immediately

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  • Robert C. White
  • 12-09-2020

Knowledge Nuggs

For anyone listening this review, please try this book. You have nothing to lose, and so much to gain that you deserve. <3

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  • Benjamin M. Fields
  • 12-09-2020

you will not disappointed

Thank you so much . You honestly changed my life and I am forever grateful for that!

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  • Carmen J. Vargas
  • 12-09-2020

Life Changing, Game Changer

I've shared it with many of my loved ones, and there is not one person who has not been moved by the wisdom of this book.

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  • 12-09-2020

Life-Changing and Soul-Healing

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  • Jeff B. Morrissey
  • 12-09-2020

Practical and Useful!

Fantastic book! I love that it's set up so that you can easily jump around to what you may be needing help with in the moment.