Facing Shame: Families in Recovery

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W. W. Norton & Company, May 17, 1989 - Family & Relationships - 208 pages
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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 therapy and take the reader step by step through the stages of therapy. Case examples are used to illustrate the process.

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Contrasting Respectful and Shamebound Systems
The Origins and Perpetuation of Shame
Boundaries and the Self
Family Rules of Shamebound Systems
The Interaction of Shame and Control
Reservoirs of Family Shame
Underlying Assumptions of the Therapy Process
Moving From Shame to Respect

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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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