chapter  7
15 Pages

Transcending pride, shame, and guilt

Some sources of feelings of insufficiency
BySandra Buechler

We each need to feel sufficient to meet the tasks our lives present. This is another way to describe a functional balance between our challenges and our strengths. This chapter draws insights from Shakespeare and other writers, as well as analytic theory and experience. It asks how the clinician’s state of self-esteem can impact the patient’s development of a feeling of overall adequacy. What values, encounters, and emotional experiences help people transcend difficulties in this arena?