Shame and Guilt

Shame and Guilt

The Masters of Disguise

Book - 1990
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"It is my feeling that debilitating shame and guilt are at the root of all dysfunctions in families," says Jane Middelton-Moz.

A few common characteristics of adults shamed in childhood:

You may suffer extreme shyness, embarrassment and feelings of being inferior to others. You don't believe you make mistakes, you believe you are a mistake.
You feel controlled from the outside and from within. You feel that normal spontaneous expression is blocked.
You may suffer from debilitating guilt; you apologize constantly.
You have little sense of emotional boundaries; you feel constantly violated by others; you frequently build false boundaries.

If you see yourself in any of these characteristics, you can learn how shame keeps you from being the person you were born to be and how to change that. Shame And Guilt describes how debilitating shame is created and fostered in childhood and how it manifests itself in adulthood and in intimate relationships. Through the use of myths and fairytales to portray different shaming environments, Dr. Middelton-Moz allows you to reach the shamed child within you and to add clarity to what could be difficult concepts.

Read Shame and Guilt - you're worth it.


Publisher: Deerfield Beach, Fla. : Health Communications, c1990.
ISBN: 9781558740723
1558740724
Branch Call Number: 616.575 MIDDELT
Characteristics: xvii, 110 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.

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xod_s
Aug 06, 2017

As 'social animals' it's (arguably(?)) inevitable that blame or praise be attributed and a factor connected to how 'control' is felt and overlaps with emotional theory, even to a 'volitional level'. Hence I appreciate how this book uses narrative to develop at points which are brought up when it comes to how shame and guilt are developed. While a denser take could have been done, I appreciate how the book is less than 140 pages long. Goodness, knows how it might not have been the same if say anxiety was factored in 'more prevalently' as well.

Mewsician Apr 23, 2014

The issues that are raised by this author are critical to the understanding of much of what makes people tick. Explanations are, for the most part, succinct and quite accessible. However, a looming flaw is a story which the author attempted to write. It's horribly written, designed only to demonstrate a variety of elements of the subject. The result is highly confusing--until the author explains why things were put into the story--and not sensible from a narrative standpoint. Skip the story and go straight to the discussion!

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ecifani
Jun 13, 2013

Shame and guilt need to exist for it to be okay to use them to manipulate people. In other words, if you use this on me, you know I really don't care right?

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