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Self and Shame: A Gestalt Approach

Updated: Jun 14


Drawing on the tradition of affect theory and Goodman's radical revision of traditional self-theory, this article examines the terms of the underlying assumptions about self and relationship that have informed our traditional clinical models and offers a new model of shame, support, and their dynamic interplay in self-process and self-integration. Shame then emerges as a key signal affect in a field model of self, much as anxiety stood in this role for an older, individualist model.

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Wheeler, G. PhD., 1997, Self and Shame: A Gestalt Approach. Gestalt Review,1(3):22l-244


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