Dr. Gerald L. Fishkin’s latest book, The Science of Shame and Its Treatment has been awarded the Eric Hoffer Award for Best Self-Help book for 2017.
“I am truly honored win this award,” said Dr. Fishkin. “It was Eric Hoffer’s belief that true freedom was ‘the capacity to feel like oneself.’ It is been my professional journey to understand what “oneself” means, and to treat the issues that blocks an individual from true self-knowledge and self-acceptance. He was a major influence on my career and receiving this nomination is very inspiring.”
The Eric Hoffer Award was founded at the start of the 21st century to honor freethinking writers and independent books of exceptional merit. The “Hoffer” honors books are from small, academic, and micro presses.
Dr. Fishkin continues: “Eric Hopper believed, as I do, that ‘children are the keys to paradise.’ When one’s childhood is fraught with, and punctuated, by trauma, violence, neglect, or emotional and physical abandonment, the child’s psychological and social development and self-knowledge is seriously interrupted, setting the stage for addictions, emotional and personality disorders.”
The Science of Shame and Its Treatment is an examination of the dynamics of shame, guilt, and compassion in relationship to uncovering and overcoming the blocks to true self-discovery, self-understanding, and ultimately self-acceptance.
The role of compassion, both for self and others, is the key to true self-knowledge and healthy self-expression. Dr. Fishkin notes in regard to compassion, Eric Hoffer stated, “compassion alone stands apart from the continuous traffic between good and evil proceedings within us.” When toxic self-talk and critical self judgments (Hoffer’s “evil proceedings within us”) are reduced or eliminated, the components of compassion, i.e., attunement and empathy, both for self and others can flow, and compassion can flourish.
Previously, The Science of Shame and Its Treatment won the IRWIN Award for Best Psychology Book of Year, is a finalist in the Psychology category for the Foreword INDIES Awards to be announced the end June, and was short listed for the Hoffer Grand Prize Award.
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