The Role of Shame in Symptom Formation

  • Helen Block Lewis


Let me first express my delight at the chance to discuss the psychoanalysis of shame and guilt with neuro-behavioral scientists. I have been devoting the past 25 years of my life to these two grisly states — in my view human beings’ principal moral emotions. And of course it does not take much thinking to realize that the reason I have had to focus on shame and guilt is that in psychoanalytic work and psychotherapeutic work of any kind these are the two prevailing emotions with which clients address us.


Sexual Abuse Field Dependence Vicarious Experience Obsessional Thinking Symptom Formation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Helen Block Lewis
    • 1
  1. 1.Yale UniversityNew HavenUSA

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