Articles by Donald Nathanson


How to Help a Losing Team

Monday, November 30th, 1998

Those of us who live in Philadelphia have been exposed to an unusual (if unappealing) opportunity to learn about the effect of chronic shame on muscular coordination, athletic skill, and cognition. Under the guidance of its head coach, the Philadelphia Eagles football franchise has slipped slowly into the bottom of its league despite the promise […]


Monicagate, Shame, and Affect Theory

Sunday, October 4th, 1998

Like all of us, I’ve been drawn into the storms raging about the President. Involved here, of course, are what Tomkins calls differing Ideological Scripts as seen in the responses of various political groups, as well as whatever personal scripts are involved in the behavior of the President. Yet it is to another aspect of […]


Roadblocks in Therapy

Monday, July 21st, 1997

Even though most systems of treatment build on what has gone before and honor the history of our field, each school of therapy maintains that it offers advantages unavailable through any other method developed to promote emotional growth and¬†re-mediate¬†whatever it sees as dysfunction. All of us who serve as faculty or correspondents here on Behavior […]