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Shame and Guilt : Emotions and Social Behavior - Ronda L. Dearing

Shame and Guilt

Emotions and Social Behavior

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Published: 9th January 2002
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Shame and guilt have captured the attention of scholars and clinicians for generations, but have only recently begun to be subjected to systematic empirical scrutiny. This book reports on the growing body of knowledge on these key self-conscious emotions, integrating findings from the authors' original research program with other data emerging from clinical, social, personality, and developmental psychology. The authors demonstrate that shame and guilt have significant-and surprisingly disparate-implications for many aspects of human functioning, with particular relevance for interpersonal relationships. The book examines such compelling topics as the varying levels of empathy shown by "shame-prone" and "guilt-prone" individuals; links to anger, hostility, and aggression; and effects of shame and guilt on psychological adaptation and moral behavior. Clinical applications of the research are discussed in depth, as are methodological and assessment issues; developmental considerations; and implications for parenting, education, and social policy.

'Among the human emotions, shame and guilt have been relatively neglected by psychologists and other behavioral scientists. Moreover, work on these topics has been hampered by fuzzy conceptualization, armchair theorizing, and inadequate reliance on empirical research. Shame and Guilt is an outstanding work of scholarship, as meticulously researched as it is interesting and readable.' - Mark R. Leary, PhD, Wake Forest University 'This important and readable book represents the culmination of years of work by the world's foremost expert on shame and guilt. In clear, straightforward prose, it brings the reader through the tortured history of ideas on the topic, through the first author's definitive research program and the accumulated findings of many others, and provides a powerful understanding of how these affective experiences shape human life. Shame and guilt are superficially similar, but any reader of this book will quickly grasp how one of them is the 'evil twin' of the other and why they lead into such different directions. This is an indispensable book.' - Roy F. Baumeister, PhD, author of Evil and Meanings of Life 'Shame and guilt are emotions that almost all experience, but upon which few wish to dwell. Tangney and Dearing provide an engaging, bold, and provocative analysis of differences between these emotions, and the correlates of being prone to each of them. Their analysis will be of interest and use to students, teachers, and therapists, among others. The proposed link between shame-proneness and aggression is especially intriguing.' - C. Daniel Batson, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Kansas.

What Is So Important about Shame and Guilt?p. 1
What Is the Difference between Shame and Guilt?p. 10
Assessing Shame and Guiltp. 26
Our "Intrapersonal" Relationship: The Self in Shame and Guiltp. 52
Moral Emotions and Interpersonal Sensitivity: Empathy Enters the Picturep. 78
Shamed into Anger?: The Special Link between Shame and Interpersonal Hostilityp. 90
Shame, Guilt, and Psychopathologyp. 112
The Bottom Line: Moral Emotions and Moral Behaviorp. 130
Shame and Guilt across the Lifespan: The Development of Moral Emotionsp. 139
Sex, Romance, and Conflict: Shame and Guilt in Intimate Relationshipsp. 157
Implications for Therapists: Shame and Guilt on Both Sides of the Couchp. 171
Looking Ahead: Implications for Parents, Teachers, and Societyp. 180
Tables of Findings from Studies of Shame and Guiltp. 195
Measures of Shame and Guiltp. 205
Referencesp. 241
Author Indexp. 260
Subject Indexp. 265
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ISBN: 9781572307155
ISBN-10: 1572307153
Series: Emotions and Social Behavior
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 9th January 2002
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.6