Shame and Guilt

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2002-01-09
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press
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Shame and guilt, while the focus of attention among scholars and clinicians for generations, have only recently been subjected to systematic empirical scrutiny. This volume 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 social, clinical, personality, and developmental psychology. Writing in an engaging, accessible style, June Price Tangney and Ronda L. Dearing offer a coherent new scientific perspective on shame and guilt. Compelling evidence is presented to demonstrate that these universally experienced affective phenomena have significant--and surprisingly disparate--implications for many aspects of human functioning, with particular relevance for interpersonal relationships.

Author Biography

June Price Tangney, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at George Mason University. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of California/n-/Los Angeles, under the direction of Dr. Seymour Feshbach, after working with Dr. Joseph Masling as an undergraduate at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Coeditor, with Kurt W. Fischer, of [i]Self-Conscious Emotions: The Psychology of Shame, Guilt, Embarrassment, and Pride[/i], Dr. Tangney currently serves on the editorial boards of several professional journals. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the John Templeton Foundation.

Ronda L. Dearing, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Research Institute on Addictions in Buffalo, New York. She became involved in the study of shame and guilt during her graduate training in clinical psychology at George Mason University, while working as a research assistant with June Tangney. Prior to her training in psychology, Dr. Dearing worked as a medical technologist. Her doctoral dissertation focused on predictors of psychotherapy help-seeking in therapists-in-training. More recent interests include help-seeking in substance abuse, substance abuse treatment approaches, and the influence of shame-proneness on substance use.

Table of Contents

What Is So Important about Shame and Guilt?
What Is the Difference between Shame and Guilt?
Assessing Shame and Guilt
Our ``Intrapersonal'' Relationship: The Self in Shame and Guilt
Moral Emotions and Interpersonal Sensitivity: Empathy Enters the Picture
Shamed into Anger?: The Special Link between Shame and Interpersonal Hostility
Shame, Guilt, and Psychopathology
The Bottom Line: Moral Emotions and Moral Behavior
Shame and Guilt across the Lifespan: The Development of Moral Emotions
Sex, Romance, and Conflict: Shame and Guilt in Intimate Relationships
Implications for Therapists: Shame and Guilt on Both Sides of the Couch
Looking Ahead: Implications for Parents, Teachers, and Society
Appendix A Tables of Findings from Studies of Shame and Guilt 195(10)
Appendix B Measures of Shame and Guilt 205(36)
References 241(19)
Author Index 260(5)
Subject Index 265

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