Shame and Anger in Psychotherapy

Author(s) : Leslie S. Greenberg

Shame and Anger in Psychotherapy

Book Details

  • Publisher : American Psychological Association
  • Published : 2024
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 318
  • Category :
    Individual Psychotherapy
  • Category 2 :
    Clinical Psychology
  • Catalogue No : 97744
  • ISBN 13 : 9781433838965
  • ISBN 10 : 1433838966

Reviews and Endorsements

As a bona fide expert on emotions, Greenberg’s exposition of shame and anger is surely destined to be an enduring contribution to the field. This deeply integrative work incorporates sources ranging from Darwin, the Buddha, and Schopenhauer, to Spinoza, attachment researchers, and the most cutting-edge emotion-focused empirical work. The number of subtle distinctions that many readers will likely be unaware of will make this book a great source of learning—guiding the reader through emotion-focused therapy in an explicit, step-by-step fashion, with many clear, concrete, and rich transcripts. It is a true gift to the field to have such a seasoned clinician and scholar delve so deeply into two emotions that are so central to the work of depth-oriented psychotherapy.
Andre Marquis, PhD, Associate Professor, Counseling & Human Development, Warner School of Education, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

This is a treasure trove of a book written by one of the foremost experts on the role of emotion in psychotherapy. Readers will gain a richly detailed understanding of how both anger and shame function, as well as of clients’ subjective experience of them. The book presents concrete and practical research-based suggestions for practice. These are illustrated by extensive and useful clinical examples. This is a book for practicing therapists, theorists of psychotherapy, researchers, and students.
Arthur C. Bohart, PhD, Counseling Psychology Department, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA; Professor Emeritus, California State University, Dominguez Hills

Ask therapists about their clients’ sadness or anxiety and many of them will tell you, “I got that.” The author skillfully describes when and how to help regulate such toxic and pervasive effects of shame and anger. And as in his previous books, Greenberg scores at the theoretical, practical, and empirical levels. This book is another majestic hat trick from a clinical researcher extraordinaire.
Louis G. Castonguay, PhD, Pennsylvania State University, University Park; Former President of the Society for Psychotherapy Research

In this very well-written volume, Leslie Greenberg, who is a world expert on the study of emotion and a pioneer of emotion-focused psychotherapy, brings his sophisticated theoretical and clinical acumen to bear on two central affective states—shame and anger. He elucidates both the obvious and subtle interactions between these emotions—for example, how one can mask the other—thereby easing the clinician’s recognition of and ability to work with these emotions. The fascinating and informative cases bring to life the various ways in which such feelings manifest themselves in therapy, and provide an unusually helpful guide for clinicians to enhance any brand of therapy they practice. Highly recommended!
Stanley B. Messer, PhD, Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Former Dean of the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

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