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Don Capps challenges the church, its theologians, and its pastors to address seriously-and without moralism - the malaise that afflicts us, the mood of "wrongness" and incompleteness of self, of victimization, hunger, alienation, bitterness, the melancholic form that sin takes so prevailing in our day. This book is an effective example of the postive mirroring, more empathy, or acceptance, that Capps recommends as the means of empowering the depleted self.
Although narcissism may appear dormant in the 1990s, clinical research on narcissism shows that behind a grandiose, exhibitionistic side lies a shame-ridden half of self-loathing, unworthiness, and depression. Capps says that traditional theologies of guilt are unable to address those gripped by shame and makes a case for a different pastoral approach in counseling and ministry.