Dynamics of Power: Fighting Shame and Building Self-Esteem

Gershen Kaufman

Psychological health and self-esteem depend on overcoming shame and developing personal power, power in relation to others, not power over others. Based on a unique course developed at Michigan State University, this book teaches essential skills for building self-esteem. It provides a comprehensive curriculum for psychological health which can be implemented directly within our educational system. 
   In the wake of accelerating stress, addiction, violence, and the breakdown of both family relationships and societal values, the program contained in this book offers principles and tools to directly combat addiction, violence, and stress-related disorders by reversing the very conditions responsible for them: shame and powerlessness. 
   Because contemporary society is plagued by these conditions, teaching individuals how to develop psychological health and self-esteem has become imperative.