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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This book discusses the theory and research underlying self-conscious emotions, such as shame, guilt, embarrassment, humiliation, and pride. Even though this is a first edition, it builds on its predecessor in the field, Self-Conscious Emotions: The Psychology of Shame, Guilt, Embarrassment, and Pride, Tangney and Fischer (Guilford Press, 1995).
Purpose: According to the editors, their goal was "to develop an up-to-date, 'one-stop' resource covering the current state of self-conscious emotion research" as well as "to demonstrate the importance and wide-ranging implications of emotions like pride, shame, guilt, and embarrassment. "
Audience: The intended audience includes "anyone interested in the interface of emotions and self-processes. Researchers and students in social, personality, developmental, and clinical psychology will find it a uniquely informative reference and text." Dr. Tracy, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia, has published extensively, with her research focused on self-conscious emotions. Dr. Robbins, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, has published on personality, emotions, and the self. Dr. Tangney, a professor in the department of psychology at George Mason University, has published in the field of moral emotions. The numerous contributors represent the U.S, Canada, and the U.K.
Features: In general, this is a comprehensive look at a very important topic, central to human functioning. The last chapter has good information about self-report measures of shame, guilt, embarrassment, and pride. Throughout, the book contains helpful tables and figures. The author and subject indexes are extensive and helpful. This is a readable yet challenging book.
Assessment: This is needed update because it has been 12 years since a work of this magnitude in this field has been published.