Shame as an Interpersonal Dimension of Communication among Doctoral Students: An Empirical Phenomenological Study

Shame as an Interpersonal Dimension of Communication among Doctoral Students: An Empirical... Shame as an Interpersonal Dimension of Communication among Doctoral Students: An Empirical Phenomenological Study HALINA ABLAMOWICZ, SUNY College at Fredonia ABSTRACT Current conceptions of shame emphasize its negative communication value as a phenomenon of conscious experience. A tendency in our contemporary society is to view this phenomenon as an extremely disparaging and undesirable experience that every person should avoid or eliminate. It has become a cultural norm now that shame, perceived as human failure or sickness, is to be rejected, hidden, and not discussed. It is believed to stand in the way of personal progress and self-realization. The research literature mirrors not only the lack of interest in understanding but the ignorance of this central-to-human-life experience. The present study examines the meaning and com- municative structure of shame through an application of the phenomenological method of Merleau-Ponty and Lanigan. My analysis is grounded in empirical phenomenology and focuses on meaning as reflected in verbal protocols. The results obtained dispel the misleading notion of shame as primarily a negative, to-be-avoided experience. Rather, reflection on the empirical data indicates that the subjects do not adopt the negative theoretical model of shame but accept it as a universal positive experience of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Phenomenological Psychology Brill

Shame as an Interpersonal Dimension of Communication among Doctoral Students: An Empirical Phenomenological Study

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BRILL
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© 1992 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
0047-2662
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1569-1624
D.O.I.
10.1163/156916292X00036
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Shame as an Interpersonal Dimension of Communication among Doctoral Students: An Empirical Phenomenological Study HALINA ABLAMOWICZ, SUNY College at Fredonia ABSTRACT Current conceptions of shame emphasize its negative communication value as a phenomenon of conscious experience. A tendency in our contemporary society is to view this phenomenon as an extremely disparaging and undesirable experience that every person should avoid or eliminate. It has become a cultural norm now that shame, perceived as human failure or sickness, is to be rejected, hidden, and not discussed. It is believed to stand in the way of personal progress and self-realization. The research literature mirrors not only the lack of interest in understanding but the ignorance of this central-to-human-life experience. The present study examines the meaning and com- municative structure of shame through an application of the phenomenological method of Merleau-Ponty and Lanigan. My analysis is grounded in empirical phenomenology and focuses on meaning as reflected in verbal protocols. The results obtained dispel the misleading notion of shame as primarily a negative, to-be-avoided experience. Rather, reflection on the empirical data indicates that the subjects do not adopt the negative theoretical model of shame but accept it as a universal positive experience of

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Journal of Phenomenological PsychologyBrill

Published: Jan 1, 1992

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