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The Role of Shame in Symptom Formation

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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.

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  • Sexual Abuse
  • Field Dependence
  • Vicarious Experience
  • Obsessional Thinking
  • Symptom Formation

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Lewis, H.B. (1988). The Role of Shame in Symptom Formation. In: Clynes, M., Panksepp, J. (eds) Emotions and Psychopathology. Springer, Boston, MA. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4757-1987-1_5

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