Social Fragmentation and The Faces of Shame
Social fragmentation, also termed community fragmentation, is the predominance of psychosocial issues—crime and violence, for example—that make it increasingly impossible for a community to exist in peace and love.
Social fragmentation is caused by shame, which gives persons a diminished view of themselves, others and the world. Anger, anxiety, depression, and suicide are faces of this shame.
Dr. Allen believes the remedy for social fragmentation is a collective problem that can be resolved only by making the members of the community well one person at a time. Re-socializing of the individual, that is, the liberation of each person from the negativity of shame to the experience of positive emotions of love, forgiveness and gratitude, results in increased self-esteem and the development of meaningful community.