Single Paper or Case Study
Behavioral Consequences of Shame
Sunday, March 25
1:30 PM - 1:50 PM
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.
- Participants will gain a clear understanding on the differences between shame and guilt from both a research and clinical perspective.
- Participants will be able to evaluate the effectiveness of the proposed research to answer the question of a possible relation between self-conscious emotional states and self-harming behaviors.
- Participants will be able to identify the clinically significant importance of understanding the emotional underpinnings to self-harming behaviors as it can inform future treatment approaches.