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Newirth, J. (2017). Overcoming the Shame of Cancer. Psychoanal. Dial., 27(2):213-217.

(2017). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 27(2):213-217

Overcoming the Shame of Cancer

Joseph Newirth, Ph.D., A.B.P.P

The author describes the silencing and dehumanizing effects of being diagnosed with cancer. This experience evolved from a sense of being totally stunned, to being flooded with shame, and finally to be able to reenter an experience of subjectivity through the support of his family, friends, and community. He describes his personal struggle to disclose having cancer to his patients and supervises and the incredible beneficial effects of disclosure and being virtually and actually held and cared for. The author describes from Relational, Kleinian, and Lacanian perspectives his understanding of the effects of self-disclosure in reestablishing the capacity for symbolization and the ability to create personal meaning.

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