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ERIC Number: ED097605
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Aug
Pages: 17
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On Shame, Identity and the Dynamics of Change.
Kaufman, Gershen
This paper presents a theory of shame development and resolution. Shame is a primary effect that is induced interpersonally. Shame inducement occurs when one significant person breaks the interpersonal bridge with another. Following internalization of shame within the personality, shame activation becomes an autonomous function of the self and the sense of shame lies at the core of one's identity as a person. Therapy needs to aim at dis-internalizing shame, enabling the client to effectively cope with the sources of shame without internalizing that effect, and enabling the client to affirm himself from within. Most importantly, within the therapeutic relationship, the therapist needs to return internalized, autonomous shame to its interpersonal origins, thereby reversing the developmental sequence. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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