Shame and Guilt: A Psychoanalytic and a Cultural Study

Shame and Guilt: A Psychoanalytic and a Cultural Study


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2015 Reprint of Original 1953 Edition. Exact facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. A psychoanalyst and an anthropologist collaborate in this now-famous formulation. Guilt and shame are feelings resulting from certain childhood experiences. Although the terms appear to have similar meanings and are often used interchangeably, each of the two feelings influences different patterns of behavior and probably contributes to different character types.
This book, whose influence and renown have steadily grown since its first publication, is a psychoanalytic and cultural study of shame and guilt. It comprises two essays on the subject. In Part I, Dr. Gerhart Piers, a psychoanalyst, gives concise definitions of these two previously inadequately define terms, and clearly distinguishes between them. He discusses the experiences that can cause guilt or shame in an individual; why some persons develop into guilt-ridden individuals, and others become shame-driven; and the special and sharply different therapeutic considerations that must be given to the person afflicted with guilt or shame. In Part II, Dr. Milton Singer, an anthropologist, applies Dr. Piers' analysis of guilt and shame within the individual to his own study of cultures. The title of the second essay by Singer is "Shame Cultures and Guilt Cultures."

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ISBN-13: 9780393006490
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 10/17/1972
Pages: 116
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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