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Shame, the quintessential human emotion, received little attention during the years in which the central forces believed to be motivating us were identified as primitive instincts like sex and aggression. Now, redressing the balance, there is an explosion of interest in the self-conscious emotion. Much of our psychic lives involve the negotiation of shame, asserts Michael Lewis, internationally known developmental and clinical psychologist. Shame is normal, not pathological, though opposite reactions to shame ...
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Shame: The Exposed Self

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Overview

Shame, the quintessential human emotion, received little attention during the years in which the central forces believed to be motivating us were identified as primitive instincts like sex and aggression. Now, redressing the balance, there is an explosion of interest in the self-conscious emotion. Much of our psychic lives involve the negotiation of shame, asserts Michael Lewis, internationally known developmental and clinical psychologist. Shame is normal, not pathological, though opposite reactions to shame underlie many conflicts among individuals and groups, and some styles of handling shame are clearly maladaptive. Illustrating his argument with examples from everyday life, Lewis draws on his own pathbreaking studies and the theory and research of many others to construct the first comprehensive and empirically based account of emotional development focused on shame. In this paperback edition, Michael Lewis adds a compelling new chapter on stigma in which he details the process in which stigmatization produces shame.
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Contemporary Psychology

I heartily recommend [Shame] to scientists and practitioners alike, for I think with time it will become acknowledged as a pivotal text for how emotion, the self-system, and interpersonal relations are inextricably linked in human development.

Joseph J. Campos, Ph.D.
Director of the Institute of Human Development, University of California, Berkeley

...a major contribution to the study of emotional development by one of the most creative figures in contemporary psychology...Dr. Lewis sheds light in an engaging and provocative manner on what shame is, how it develops, and why it is so significant for personality development.

Paul Ekman, Ph.D.
Author of Telling Liesand Why Kids Lie

Lewis brilliantly illuminates the nature of shame and its impact in our daily life, uniquely combining scholarly research, stories from everyday life, and clinical cases from his own practice. Lucid and insightful, it is must reading for scholars and laymen, researchers in emotion and development, and clinical practitioners.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439105238
  • Publisher: Free Press
  • Publication date: 8/8/1995
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 828,059
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Michael Lewis is the author of Boomerang, The Big Short, Panic!, Liar’s Poker, The New New Thing, Moneyball, The Blind Side, and Home Game, among other works. He lives in Berkeley, California.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Shame in Everyday Life 1
Shame Is Everywhere
The Plan of This Book
2 Our Emotional Lives 13
Are Emotions Feelings?
Primary Versus Secondary Emotions
Emotional Expression
The Behavioral Measures of Shame
Emotional Experience
The Role of the Self in Shame
A Phenomenological Sense of Shame
3 The Self and Its Development 36
Modes of Self-Consciousness and Ways of Knowing
Consciousness and the Self
The Duality of the Self
The Development of Objective Self-Awareness
Modes of Self: From Reflexes to Objective Self-Awareness
The Causes of Self-Development
4 Self Thoughts and Shame 59
Psychoanalysis and the Subject of Shame
A Cognitive Attributional Theory
Making Sense of the Model
5 The Origins of Shame 84
Genesis and the Creation Myth
The Development of the Self Conscious Emotions
Origins of Shame
6 The Socialization of Shame: From Parent to Child 98
How We Come to Think About Ourselves
The Roles of Disgust, Contempt, Humiliation, and Love Withdrawal in the Production of Shame
Prototypicality of Stimuli That Produce Shame
7 Reacting to Our Feelings: Felt and Unfelt Shame 119
Felt and Bypassed Shame
Owning Shame: How to Get Rid of It
8 Prolonged Reactions to Shame: Humiliation, Depression, and Rage 138
Shame, Depression, and Interpersonal Life
Anger, Rage, and Shame
Uncovering Shame in Interpersonal Relationships
9 Pathologies of Self: Narcissism and Multiple Personalities 163
Narcissism
Multiple Personality Disorders (MPD)
10 Individual Differences and Shame Fights Between Couples 174
Shame in Individuals
Couples and the Two Worlds Hypothesis
The Psychic War Between the Sexes
Pathological Shame and Couples
Intergenerational and Sex Differences in Shame: The Oedipus Myth Revisited
11 Shame Across Time and Place 194
Changes Across Place
Selves Over Time
Epilogue
Notes 223
References 247
Index 265
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