The Self-conscious Emotions: Theory and Research

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Jessica L. Tracy, Richard W. Robins, June Price Tangney
Guilford Press, Aug 1, 2007 - Psychology - 493 pages
Timely and authoritative, this volume reviews the breadth of current knowledge on the self-conscious emotions and their role in psychological and social functioning. Leading investigators approach the subject from multiple levels of analysis, ranging from basic brain mechanisms to complex social processes. Chapters present compelling advances in understanding research on the most fundamental self-conscious emotions: embarrassment, guilt, humiliation, pride, and shame. Addressed are neural and evolutionary mechanisms, developmental processes, cultural differences and similarities, and influences on a wide array of social behaviors and personality processes. A unique chapter on assessment describes and evaluates the full range of available measures.
 

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Contents

Whats Moral about the SelfConscious Emotions?
21
Three Sources of SelfReflective Emotions
38
Neural Systems for SelfConscious Emotions and Their Underlying Appraisals
53
The Social Self Preservation Theory
68
DEVELOPMENTAL CONTEXTS AND PROCESSES
89
The Development of Pride and Moral Life
114
SelfConscious Emotional Development
134
A SocialFunctional Approach
153
The Nature of Pride
263
A Biopsychosocial Approach
283
Causes Correlates and Consequences
310
Shame and Guilt as Morally Warranted Experiences
330
The Implications of Others Wrongdoings for Identity and Relationships
351
Shame and Guilt in Antisocial and Risky Behaviors
371
An Existential Perspective on the Body and Gender in SelfConscious Emotions
389
Considering the Roles of SelfEsteem and SelfConscious Emotions in Covert Narcissism
407

Evolutionary and Cultural Perspectives
174
A CrossCultural Examination of Lexical Studies of SelfConscious Emotions
194
Cultural Models of Shame and Guilt
209
Respect as a Positive SelfConscious Emotion in European Americans and Chinese
224
Is Embarrassment a Blessing or a Curse?
245
Alienation Shame and Anger
426
A Review of SelfReport and Nonverbal Measures
443
Author Index
469
Subject Index
485
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Jessica L. Tracy, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. Her research and publications focus on the expression, psychological structure, and cognitive elicitors of self-conscious emotions, as well as their links to personality and self-esteem regulation. Dr. Tracy founded the annual Society for Personality and Social Psychology Pre-Conference on Emotion, and her work has been honored by the Wellcome Trust-New Scientist Essay Competition, as well as by dissertation awards from the New York Academy of Sciences and the American Psychological Association.

Richard W. Robins, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Davis. His research and publications focus on personality, emotions, and the self. Dr. Robins is coeditor of the Handbook of Research Methods in Personality Psychology and the forthcoming Handbook of Personality, Third Edition, and he has served as associate editor of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Dr. Robins was awarded the American Psychological Association's Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology's Theoretical Innovation Prize.

June Price Tangney, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at George Mason University. She is coauthor of Shame and Guilt and coeditor of the Handbook of Self and Identity. She has served as associate or consulting editor for several journals, and is currently associate editor of American Psychologist. Her research interests include the development and implications of moral emotions. Currently, her work focuses on moral emotions among incarcerated offenders.

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