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Behavioral Consequences of Shame

Sunday, March 25
1:30 PM - 1:50 PM
Location: Wilson

This presentation is a review of the literature surrounding shame, guilt, and self-harming behavior. Shame and guilt are two commonly experienced, and often misunderstood self-conscious emotional states. It has been hypothesized that these two emotional states may be present before, during, and following self harming behavior. Self harming behavior is being defined as a “direct, socially unacceptable, repetitive behavior that causes minor to moderate physical injury” and that while engaging in self injurious behavior, “the individual is in a psychologically disturbed state but is not attempting suicide” (Suyemoto, 1998, p. 532). The current presentation aims to clearly establish the difference between shame and guilt, and the hypothesized unique role that these two self-conscious emotions play in an individual’s desire to engage in self harming behaviors. Further, a call for future research on this potential relation will be discussed, as there is a paucity in the research that articulates this relation. The details for the plan for research will be specifically articulated.

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Rachel Friedman

Graduate Student
La Salle University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Rachel is a third year graduate student in a clinical psychology, Psy.D. program at La Salle University located in Philadelphia, PA. She has recently received her Masters in Clinical Psychology and is a doctoral candidate with an anticipated graduation date of May 2020. She is currently researching the behavioral consequences (e.g., self harm) of shame and self-disgust for her clinical dissertation. In addition, she is completing her clinical hours at an inpatient psychiatric facility in Philadelphia, PA.


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