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

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This is a revolutionary book about the nature of emotion, about the way emotions are triggered in our private moments, in our relations with others, and by our biology.
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 ...

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Overview

This is a revolutionary book about the nature of emotion, about the way emotions are triggered in our private moments, in our relations with others, and by our biology.
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.

Nature of emotion/love and sex/development of shame and pride/etc.

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Editorial Reviews

Paul Ekman
“This extraordinarily well-written book combines knowledge drawn from psychotherapy, academic research, and the arts to provide a new understanding of our most intimate experience—the emotions. ”
Richard P. Kluft
“Shame and Pride is an impressive achievement. Nathanson establishes a solid and systematic foundation for the modern study of affect, much as Erik Erikson accomplished for identity and ongoing development throughout the life cycle. A rich and rewarding experience.”
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
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A revolutionary book about the nature of emotion and how it is triggered in our private moments, in our relations with others, and by our biology. Outlines how nine basic affects determine how we feel & shape our very sense of self.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393311099
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 765,420
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Introduction 15
Pt. I The Nature of Human Emotion 33
1 What Is Emotion? 35
2 The Affect System 47
3 Feeling Good: The Positive Affects 73
4 Pride 83
5 Surprise-Startle: The Neutral Affect 88
6 Feeling Bad: The Negative Affects 92
7 Empathy: Affective Resonance and the Empathic Wall 107
8 A Brief Digression: The Drives 116
9 Dissmell and Disgust 121
10 Shame-Humiliation 134
Pt. II The Development of Shame and Pride 151
11 The Faces of Shame 153
12 Size and Shape 163
13 Dexterity and Skill 168
14 Dependence/Independence 179
15 The Self 185
16 Shame and the Self 197
Pt. III Love and Sex: Getting Together 215
17 Love, Exile, Excommunication, and Disgrace: Shame and the Other 217
18 True Love 236
19 The Generative System 256
20 A New Theory of Sexuality 269
21 Shame, Pride, and Sex 285
Pt. IV The Compass of Shame 303
22 The Compass of Shame 305
23 Withdrawal 315
24 Attack Self 326
25 Avoidance 336
26 Attack Other 360
27 Buddy Hackett and the Comedy of Acceptance 378
Pt. V From Moment to Madness 397
28 The Realm of Very Dense Affect: Mechanisms of Increase 399
29 Overload: Affect Beyond the Limits of Tolerance 414
30 A Brief History of Shame 431
31 The Range of Shame 455
Bibliography 477
Index 487
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2003

    A Brilliant Explanation of the typically unexplained

    I purchased this book in hope of finding answers. This book not only provided those answers, but it gave me a system and frame of reference from which to speak about them to others. Although I am not a professional in this field, I have been able to read, understand, and apply Dr. Nathanson's brilliant theories of how the human mind works in respect to shame, pride, and the behaviors they spawn. I have recommended this book to others, and I recommend it here as well. The Literary critique presented on this book, draws the wrong conclusion and seems to be based partly in the pride of the writer. Dr. Nathanson's book is clear, and his approach to explain his theories is superb.

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