The Bright Side of Shame

Transforming and Growing Through Practical Applications in Cultural Contexts

  • Claude-Hélène Mayer
  • Elisabeth Vanderheiden

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxiii
  2. Transforming Shame in Cultural Perspectives

  3. Transforming Shame in Society

  4. Working with Shame and Gender

  5. Managing Shame in Spiritual and Religious Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
  6. Transforming Shame in Organisational Contexts

  7. Transforming Shame in Education

  8. Transforming Shame in Medical Contexts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 347-347
    2. Iris Veit, Kay Spiekermann
      Pages 349-361
  9. Transforming Shame in Therapy, Counseling and Self-development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 379-379
    2. Maike Baumann, Anke Handrock
      Pages 471-487
    3. Kathryn A. Nel, Sarawathie Govender
      Pages 547-559
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 615-622

About this book


This book provides new ideas on how to work with and constructively transform shame on a theoretical and practical level, and in various socio-cultural contexts and professions. It provides practical guidelines on dealing with shame on the basis of reflection, counselling models, exercises, simulations, specific psychotherapeutic approaches, and auto-didactical learning material, so as to transform shame from a negatively experienced emotion into a mental health resource. The book challenges theorists to adopt an interdisciplinary stance and to think “outside the box.” Further, it provides practitioners, such as coaches, counsellors, therapists, trainers and medical personnel, with practical tools for transforming negative experiences and emotions. In brief, the book shows practitioners how to unlock the growth potential of individuals, teams, and organisations, allowing them to develop constructively and positively.


Shame as Health Resource Shame in Cultural Context Cultivating lajjA for Self-Realization Shame in Adolescence in China Shame and HIV/AIDS in South Africa Transforming Shame in Organisational and Professional Contexts Managing Shame in Organisations Motivational Interviewing Techniques in Coaching Shame and Anxiety Unemployment and Managing Shame Shame in a Medical Context Shame in Multicultural Educational Contexts Shame and Gender Shame and Ego-State Therapy Dealing with Shame

Editors and affiliations

  • Claude-Hélène Mayer
    • 1
  • Elisabeth Vanderheiden
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für Therapeutische Kommunikation und SprachgebrauchEuropa Universität ViadrinaFrankfurt (Oder)Germany
  2. 2.Katholische Erwachsenenbildung Rheinland-PfalzMainzGermany

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