Shame Factor takes
a different approach to addressing some mental health issues
like anxiety and depression. Addressing shame instead of an
overlaying concern could help people develop better coping
skills when faced with issues around depression and anxiety.
Finding the cause of shame could be difficult, since it appears
at such a young age.
Shame Factor has steps to help focus readers on how to
figure out when they first felt shame, what shame truly is,
and how shame could affect several aspects of one’s
life. There are also steps in how to change the shame once
it is figured out and help readers “fix” it enough
so it is not a huge hiccup in one’s life.
Shame Factor includes several case studies of Dr. Poulter’s
and this reader would have liked to have read one case that
fully described the issue, how shame played a role, and how
that person was able to overcome it, instead of it being broken
up and mingled with other cases throughout the chapters. Overall,
The Shame Factor takes a slightly different view than most
outpatient therapies and helps try to locate a much more underlying
feeling that could be behind so many other issues that affect
most people. If someone is trying to figure out why they are
anxious or depressed, The Shame Factor could help find an
underlying concern that the person might not have been aware
of in their present concerns.