Maintaining a critical balance in its coverage and interpretation shame and the self marks a significant contribution to the understanding of the nature of shame and its role in our psychic life as such it is essential reading for all practicing psychiatrists psychologists social workers and other mental health practitioners. Addresses shame very objectively directly and exactly but also addresses critical matters associated with it what i loved about this book is the fact that while being very analytic and objective it still addresses psychanalytic matters from a humanity base. In the course of development these vectors cause the selfs overinvestment in the idealized self image and a devaluation of the actual self an event explored in depth in the chapter on narcissism broucek also addresses the role of shame in psychoanalysis and in society. Shame plays a significant role in the lives of most of the adults that i know including myself after getting a few recommendations from friends to read the various self help books on the subject and finding the majority of them fairly preachy and lacking in research i came across a review that mentioned broucek. Shame is a wasted sensibility because shame is an attachment to negative self perception that has been fostered by the perceptions and opinions of others to divest ourselves of shame we need to
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