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Guilt, Shame, and Anxiety: Understanding and Overcoming Negative Emotions Paperback – December 2, 2014
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“[An] engrossing self-help guide.... Breggin conveys empathy and maintains a clear, conversational tone while spelling out his prescriptions for overriding destructive impulses in a variety of real-world situations.”
“Guilt, Shame, and Anxiety is brilliant, clear, hopeful, inspiring, and rooted in science. It should be read by every person seeking freedom from painful emotions or trying to help others—no exceptions!”
—ROBERT NIKKEL, MSW; former Oregon commissioner of mental health and addiction (2003–2008); member of the executive committee, Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care
“A thoroughly original discussion of what Peter Breggin calls ‘negative legacy emotions,’ the leftovers from humanity’s evolutionary past that no longer serve adaptive functions. Breggin takes his readers on a step-by-step journey to help them replace these negative emotions with life-affirming attitudes that will enhance love and well-being. If you think that nothing new can be said about the human condition, read this book; it is filled with unique insights and procedures that can transform its readers, their lives, and their relationships. This is a work of breathtaking originality—and usefulness.”
—STANLEY KRIPPNER, PHD, coauthor of Personal Mythology, professor of psychology at Saybrook University, and winner of the 2013 American Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Lifetime Contributions to Humanistic Psychology
“A new theory on negative emotions lies in these pages. If you take it in, it will change both your life and your view of yourself and your relationships. Arising from Peter Breggin’s nearly eighty years of life experiences—scientific, clinical, and personal—this book culminates in a very personal reflection on the primacy of love and the possibility that every person can become a source of love. Provocative and even startling at times, it is beautiful, poetic, and inspiring.”
—DOUGLAS C. SMITH, MD, psychiatrist and clinic director, St. Anne's Center
“Breggin captures the essence of the human condition by intertwining wisdom, insight, empathy, and brilliance. A must-read....”
—JEANNE STOLZER, PHD, professor of child development at University of Nebraska–Kearney
“From the first page, I felt an emotional response that brought me to tears, knowing this is a book we all have been waiting for. It is for every one of us who have emotions we struggle with. It’s a great testament to humanity—a groundbreaking work in wisdom and conceived in love.”
—MICHAEL CORNWALL, PHD, Jungian/Laingian therapist, Esalen conference leader, and blogger for Mad in America
About the Author
Peter R. Breggin, MD, has for many decades led successful efforts to reform the mental health field and to promote empathic therapies. His scientific work has provided the foundation for modern criticism of psychiatric drugs and diagnoses. He has authored dozens of scientific articles and more than twenty books including the bestsellers Toxic Psychiatry (1991) and Talking Back to Prozac (1994, with Ginger Breggin) and more recently, Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal (2013).
Top Customer Reviews
Dr. Breggin not only helps, he heals! Thank you, Dr. Breggin!
In this book he addresses the sources of these three negative emotions as a legacy of our evolution. I'm not much of a scientist so that argument didn't resonate much with me, but what did resonate with me was his assertion that abuse and trauma suffered in childhood contribute greatly to guilt, shame, and anxiety experienced in adulthood.
Prescribing psychiatric drugs to deal with emotions that are created by childhood abuse is not the best course of action according to Breggin. This is not a medical issue but an emotional, psychological, spiritual, and social one, best dealt with by empathic human interactions like therapy or other types of social support. *Note: Dr. Breggin is a proponent of withdrawing from psychiatric meds with professional help, as withdrawal can be a difficult and tricky proposition.
Breggin spends the last third of the book writing about a subject one might find surprising or even shocking to hear from a psychiatrist: love.
This book is a good educational tool for identifying and overcoming guilt, shame, and anxiety.