Shame and Pride: Affect, Sex and the Birth of the Self

Shame and Pride: Affect, Sex and the Birth of the Self

by Donald L. Nathanson
     
 

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Drawing on every theme of the modern life sciences, Donald Nathanson shows how nine basic affects—interest-excitement, enjoyment-joy, surprise-startle, fear-terror, distress-anguish, anger-rage, dissmell, disgust, and shame-humiliation—not only determine how we feel but shape our very sense of self.

For too long those who explain emotional discomfort

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Drawing on every theme of the modern life sciences, Donald Nathanson shows how nine basic affects—interest-excitement, enjoyment-joy, surprise-startle, fear-terror, distress-anguish, anger-rage, dissmell, disgust, and shame-humiliation—not only determine how we feel but shape our very sense of self.

For too long those who explain emotional discomfort on the basis of lived experience and those who blame chemistry have been at loggerheads. As Dr. Nathanson shows, chemicals and illnesses can affect our mood just as surely as an uncomfortable memory or a stern rebuke. Linking for the first time the affect theory of the pioneering researcher Silvan S. Thomkins with the entire world of biology, medicine, psychology, psychotherapy, religion, and the social sciences, Dr. Nathanson presents a completely new understanding of all emotion.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Nathanson claims to offer a new theory about shame and pride, but that theory--that shame is a biologically based response which is elaborated by memory--will not strike anyone outside the world of psychoanalysis as very interesting. College libraries which support counseling programs are better off with The Many Faces of Shame (Guildford Pr., 1987), which Nathanson edited. Other libraries can spend their money more usefully on Martin Seligman's Learned Optimism: The Skill To Conquer Life's Obstacles ( LJ 1/91). Not recommended.-- Mary Ann Hughes, Washington State Univ. Libs., Pullman
Booknews
The author, a psychiatrist, expostulates on his theory of the nature of emotion. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393030976
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
05/28/1992
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 9.49(h) x 1.53(d)

Meet the Author

Donald L. Nathanson, M.D., is the founder and Executive Director of the Silvan S. Tomkins Institute. He is currently Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Jefferson Medical College.

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