September 24, 2015

Dr. Peter Breggin’s Recent Scientific Publications on Guilt, Shame and Anxiety

Dr. Breggin’s book and peer-reviewed scientific papers below present a new approach to understanding and overcoming guilt, shame and anxiety. For the first time, guilt, shame and anxiety can be understood for what they are, negative legacy emotions—primitive, prehistoric residuals of biological evolution that now do more harm than good. Negative Legacy Emotions are no longer needed because we humans have reached a stage where we can replace instinctual emotional reactions with reason, ethics and love, and choose how we want to live.


Buy the book, Guilt, Shame and Anxiety.


Download each of Dr. Breggin’s scientific papers on the Theory of Negative Legacy Emotions:

Breggin, P. R. (2015). Understanding and Overcoming Guilt, Shame, and Anxiety: Based on the Theory of Negative Legacy Emotions. Chapter 5 of Promoting Psychological Well-Being in Children and Families. Edited by Bruce Kirkcaldy. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Breggin, P. R. (2015). The Biological Evolution of Guilt, Shame and Anxiety: A New Theory of Negative Legacy Emotions. Medical Hypotheses 85, 17–24.

Breggin, PR. (2015). Understanding and Helping People with Hallucinations Based on the Theory of Negative Legacy Emotions. The Humanistic Psychologist, 43, 70-87.