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Shame and self-righteousness are intrapsychic dynamics that help the individual defend against a rupture in relationship. This article discusses how, from a life script perspective, shame is comprised of the script belief 'Something is wrong with me',formed as a resultof messages and decisions, conclusions in response to impossible demands,and defensive hope and control. In addition, from a Gestalt therapy perspective, shame involves a diminished self-concept in confluence with criticism, a defensive transposition of sadness and fear, and disavowal and retroflection of anger. Furthermore, shame may be an archaic fixationor an introjection. The suggestion is made that self-righteousness is the denial of a need for relationship. A contact oriented relationship psychotherapy that emphasises methods of inquiry, attunement, and involvement is described.
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Erskine, Richard G., 1995, A Gestalt Therapy Approach to Shame and Self Righteousness: Theory and Methods. British Gestalt Journal Vol 4 Issue 2