Comparison Of Shame Resilience And Jung's Transpersonal Theory

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Shame Resilience and Jung’s Transpersonal Theory Applied to Mental Illness Mental illness is something that touches almost everyone, and it is important to understand the ways that people can deal with their illnesses. Although there are an overwhelming number of theories that can be applied to therapy practices, I wanted to look at theories that were a little more individual. Two theories that caught my attention when thinking about how people cope were shame resilience theory and transpersonal theory, specifically Jung’s psychodynamic theory. Both of these theories focus on what the individual does internally to deal with their negative feelings, which intrigues me since my background is in psychology. Each theory is also fairly compact, …show more content…
Shame resilience theory is very applicable to social work practice. Social workers can guide clients through shame resilience theory by using the theory’s focus on critical awareness and education (TEXTBOOK PAGE 236). Education is key when using shame resilience theory, as learning about the process and developing coping strategies along the way are necessary to better manage conditions that elicit shame (Hernandez & Mendoza, 2011). At the most basic level, a social worker can coach the client through the four steps of the theory if they are unable to begin the process by themselves. This process builds off of original resilience practices, which focused on making social factors and personality traits known to the individual so they could use their abilities to avoid negative feelings (Van Vliet, 2008). Connection in order to combat shame is highly important, but aside from establishing a connection there had not been much research or empirical evidence to support a therapist’s role in helping clients through shame (Leeming & Boyle, 2011). By establishing a connection between the person experiencing shame and the social worker, the client is able to create a resource for reaching out and speaking shame either now or in the future when they are ready. The social worker can also help the client discover areas of their life that create the shame, such as parenting, health, body image, money, sex, and aging, among others (Hernandez & Mendoza, 2011). It is important that before using shame resilience with a client, the social worker has practiced the theory on him or herself in an open way, as it is not uncommon for social workers to ignore their own feelings of shame despite being triggered while helping others through the process. These social workers tend to avoid their personal shame feelings, and identify them as guilt instead (Dayal et al.,

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