Shame and the Origins of Self-esteem: A Jungian Approach

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Psychology Press, 1996 - Psychology - 131 pages
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Shame manifests itself in many ways. We may have feelings of inferiority, humiliation, shyness or embarrassment. It also makes us fearful of entering into shameful situations. In particular, we are ashamed at our public nakedness. Shame and the Origins of Self-Esteem explores how a lack of self-esteem is the root cause of a susceptibility to shame. Drawing heavily on modern infant research, Mario Jacoby shows how our feelings of self-worth are rooted in our childhood experiences and environment. Shame is also an archetypal phenomenon. We see it in Adam and Eve's expulsion from the Garden of Eden and the Jungian interpretation of the Persona, the 'soul mask'. Discussing these different shame themes, Mario Jacoby illustrates his book with many examples from Jungian practice. Shame and the Origins of Self-Esteem is the first book interpreting shame from a Jungian perspective. It will be of interest to all analysts and psychotherapists, both in practice and training. In addition, it will be helpful reading for all those for whom feelings of shame and lack of self-esteem are a problem.
 

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Contents

THE PHENOMENOLOGY OF SHAME AND SHAMEANXIETY THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SHAME AND GUILT
1
ANXIETY AND SHAME
4
HOW SHAME AFFECTS US
6
THE SHAME OF BODILY NAKEDNESS
9
THE PSYCHOLOGICAL MEANING OF SHAME
16
THE BASIC FUNCTION OF SHAME
20
THE FEELING OF SELFESTEEM
24
SENSE OF SELF CONSCIOUSNESS OF SELF
26
FIG LEAF AND SOUL MASK
54
PERSONA CG JUNG AND FALSE SELF DW WINNICOTT
59
VARIATIONS ON THE EXPERIENCE OF SHAME
61
EMBARRASSMENT AND SHAMEDESIRE
67
HUMILIATION
69
MASOCHISM
73
MOTIFS OF SHAME IN THE THERAPEUTIC RELATIONSHIP
77
SEXUALITY
84

DANIEL STERN
28
THE GENESIS OF HUMAN PATTERNS OF INTERACTION
32
THE PSYCHOGENESIS OF SELFESTEEM
33
MIRRORING AND THE FORMATION OF IDEALS
39
SELFESTEEM AND THE GRANDIOSE SELF
40
IDENTIFICATION OF THE EGO WITH THE GRANDIOSE SELF
43
THE GRANDIOSE SELF AS IMPOSSIBLE DEMAND
44
THE PSYCHOGENESIS OF SHAME AND SUSCEPTIBILITY TO SHAME
46
SHAME AS INNATE AFFECT
47
SHAME AND THE ORGANIZATIONAL FORMS OF THE SENSE OF SELF
49
ERIK ERIKSON
51
SINGLENESS AND LONELINESS
90
PSYCHOTHERAPY WITH PROBLEMS OF SELFESTEEM AND SUSCEPTIBILITY TO SHAME
95
SHAME AND THE PROCESS OF INDIVIDUATION
102
AN EXAMPLE FROM ANALYTIC PRACTICE
106
CONCLUDING REMARKS ON PSYCHOTHERAPY
113
CONCEPTS OF THE EGO AND THE SELF A COMPARISON
115
NOTES
122
BIBLIOGRAPHY
123
INDEX
127
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Mario Jacoby is a training analyst, lecturer and member of the Curatorium of the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich. He is the author of Numerous Articles and Books in Analytical Psychology Such as Individuation and Narcissism, Longing for Paradise and The Analytical Encounter.

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