Madanes will present guidelines for the positive use of shame in couples and families. Stories from therapy will be told to reveal complicated problems in which shame, sex, power and love are interconnected. Looking at extreme cases of violence will throw light on when it is appropriate to experience shame and how to recover from the pain that shame represents. In our families and in society, we use shame as a secret weapon in restraining the abuse of power and the expression of violence. Yet there are various sides to shame. It can be experienced by victims instead of victimizers, and it can bring about compassionate deeds or lead to guilt and failure. Feelings of shame often conceal deep, hidden issues inside a family, an organization, or a nation.
For the past half-century there has been a remarkable and continual evolution in the theory and practice of psychotherapy. Now that evolution shows signs of becoming a revolution. Many elements of these changes are, as yet, only scantily represented in the literature, but they are the stuff of bull sessions, the more liberated case conferences and solitary, sometimes fearful, experimentations. This transition comes about from a variety of influences, among which three are particularly worthy of examination for what they suggest about what is likely to emerge a half-century from now. The three are: 1) Developments in our understanding of our own nature as human beings. 2) Experiments with delivery systems for psychotherapy. 3) Great numbers of new entrants into the field, of whom many have limited or nontraditional training.
Panel 15 from the Evolution of Psychotherapy 1995 - Resistance
Featuring James F.T. Bugental, Ph.D.; Albert Ellis, Ph.D.; Otto Kernberg, M.D.; and Erving Polster, Ph.D.
Moderated by Camillo Loriedo, MD