FREEDOM FROM GUILT AND BLAME ~Darlene Lancer, JD, LMFT
Freedom from Guilt and Blame is a small book of only 46 pages, and it is a valuable tool to have on your shelf or reader. Lots of gems are found in this self-help text and they are well explained and defined.
If I were still working as a counselor, I would have a number of copies of this book to share with clients and students. Lancer, a lawyer turned Family Therapist has a way with words that is helpful and easy to understand. Her definitions of guilt, blame, shame, anger and self-esteem are worth the price of ownership. Then she takes her precise definitions and uses anecdotal evidence to show their outcome and manifestations. One does not need to guess how guilt plays out in their own relationships and actions because of her precise explanations.
The definitions and examples are accompanied by exercises that allow the reader to fully participate in their own understanding and in changing behaviors that are not leading to healthy outcomes. The exercises on self-forgiveness are most helpful in removing sticking points and letting go.
When I was working with teens, I would have shared copies of this book also. I found it very valuable to give young people the facts and the coping skills to use those facts to their advantage as they grew. Such as, most teens will experience depression as they learn deeper emotions. They do not understand that everyone needs to learn to deal with depression and learn skills for changing those emotions and making them useful. I would teach a session on depression with young people and then we would recognize and learn new mechanisms for behaviors and develop resilience.
Young people would learn and understand FREEDOM FROM GUILT AND BLAME; would find it useful to have on their shelf for future reference when they were caught in an emotional loop of behaviors. When people of all ages know and understand they can make different choices.
A very helpful book to read, reference and keep handy. Good ideas and exercises for starting a successful New Year and making changes in one’s life and behaviors.
From the book:
This is the second book I have reviewed from Darlene Lancer. “Darlene Lancer is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has helped individuals and couples improve their lives, their self-esteem, and relationships for over 27 years. She maintains a private practice and coaches internationally. She is an expert in the area of codependency, addiction, and relationships. Ms. Lancer is a quoted authority and sought after speaker and lecturer at colleges, universities, and on radio. One can read many of her articles at http://whatiscodependency.com or follow her work on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/CodependencyRecover .”