Psychology of Shame: New Research


Kevin G. Lockhart (Editor)

Series: Psychology of Emotions, Motivations and Actions
BISAC: PSY030000

To “feel ashamed” is perhaps one of the most studied human emotional experiences. Ironically, there is no agreement yet on what people mean when they say that they “feel ashamed”. This can be reflected not only in the numerous definitions of the feeling but also in the numerous subjective understandings of it. In psychology, there are multiple definitions of shame. For example, Freud argued that shame was a reaction formation against sexual desires.

In his eyes, the expression; “I feel ashamed” should be understood as being in the midst of an internal fight against pleasurable desires. In the later, psychodynamic tradition, the expression “I feel ashamed” should be understood as a scorning feeling that disable the client. This book discusses the psychology of shame. It explains the connection between shame and eating disorders; the role of shame in intimate and sexual violence; the psychological distress shame may cause in performing artists and athletes; positive interpersonal consequences of shame; the path to gelotophobia; the true meaning of feeling ashamed; and shame and masculinity in early China. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Body Shame and Eating Disorder Symptomatology: Gender, Ethnic and Sociocultural Consideration (pp. 1-38)
Jennifer A. Boisvert, Ph.D. and W. Andrew Harrell, Ph.D. (Long Beach, CA, USA, and others)

Chapter 2 – The Role of Shame in General, Intimate and Sexual Violence Perpetration (pp. 39-62)
Devona Gruber, B.A., Lauren Hansen, B.A., Katrina Soaper, M.A. and Aaron J. Kivisto, Ph.D. (University of Indianapolis, School of Psychological Sciences, Indiana, USA)

Chapter 3 – Shame, Psychological Distress and Optimal Flow in Performing Artists and Athletes (pp. 63-82)
Paula Thomson, PsyD and S. Victoria Jaque, Ph.D. (California State University, Northridge, CA, USA)

Chapter 4 – Discharging Shame: The Curious Case of John H. Watson M.D. (pp. 83-94)
Diane Elizabeth Johnson (Department of Anthropology and Sociology Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA, USA)

Chapter 5 – The General Sociometer Shame: Positive Interpersonal Consequences of an Ugly Emotion (pp. 95-110)
Ilona E. de Hooge (Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, The Netherlands)

Chapter 6 – Artificial Shame Models for Machines? (pp. 111-120)
Jordi Vallverdú (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Bellaterra (BCN), Catalonia, Spain)

Chapter 7 – Shame, Body Image and Eating Disorders: A Conceptual and Empirical Map (pp. 121-140)
Diana-Mirela Cândea and Aurora Szentágotai-Tătar (Doctoral School Evidence-Based Assessment and Psychological Interventions, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and others)

Chapter 8 – When Laughter Causes Shame: The Path to Gelotophobia (pp. 141-156)
Michael Titze and Rolf Kühn (HumorCare Germany-Austria, and others)

Chapter 9 – What Does ―I Feel Ashamed‖ Mean? Avoiding the Pitfall of Definition by Understanding Subjective Emotion Language (pp. 157-166)
Nicolay Gausel (Centre for Emotion Research, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Ostfold University College, Fredrikstad, Norway)

Chapter 10 – From Menstrual Shame to Bleeding As a Spiritual Practice: The Antecedents of Menstruation Spirituality and Australian Women‘s Experiences of Transformation (pp. 167-196)
Sharon Moloney (Townsville, Australia)

Chapter 11 – Labeling Theory as Part of a Larger Social System (pp. 197-224)
Thomas Scheff (Prof. Emeritus, UCSB, Dept of Sociology)

Chapter 12 – Shame among Slovenian Students and Their Parents (pp. 225-246)
Janez Sečnik, spec. mft. (Študijsko-raziskovalni center za družino Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Chapter 13 – Shame and Masculinity in Early China (pp. 247-256)
Bret Hinsch (Fo Guang University, Taiwan)

Chapter 14 – The Shame of Victims and Attackers (pp. 257-274)
Sae-Young Han (Chungbuk National University, South Korea)


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