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Editorial: the social face of humiliation and the community response to it

Editorial: the social face of humiliation and the community response to it Since we publish papers in the International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies based on date of acceptance, it is remarkable that the three papers published in this issue happen to reflect a common theme: how society and the individual respond to their shared problems (Semetsky), ethnic groups and their problems (Strenger), and the weak, dying, disabled, and chronically ill (Kellehear) and the various problems created by their presence within the social system. One of us (SWT) recently participated in a panel at the American Psychoanalytic Association to discuss the social face of shame and humiliation. Carlo Strenger was a panelist along with Elizabeth Young-Breuhl and Donald Moss. The chair, Ben Kilborne, described the impact of shame and humiliation as creating a shame–rage or shame–guilt spiral, and that both postures inhibit the capacity for symbol formation or mentalization and can thus contribute to destructive acting out. This panel, and these papers, explore how destructive consequences can be avoided in various social contexts. Carlo Strenger, a Swiss-born Israeli analyst, describes how shame and humiliation has been transmitted from generation to generation among Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews in Israel, and how that process has affected political and social processes, with complex http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies Wiley

Editorial: the social face of humiliation and the community response to it

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 2004 Whurr Publishers Ltd.
ISSN
1742-3341
eISSN
1556-9187
DOI
10.1002/aps.81
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Abstract

Since we publish papers in the International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies based on date of acceptance, it is remarkable that the three papers published in this issue happen to reflect a common theme: how society and the individual respond to their shared problems (Semetsky), ethnic groups and their problems (Strenger), and the weak, dying, disabled, and chronically ill (Kellehear) and the various problems created by their presence within the social system. One of us (SWT) recently participated in a panel at the American Psychoanalytic Association to discuss the social face of shame and humiliation. Carlo Strenger was a panelist along with Elizabeth Young-Breuhl and Donald Moss. The chair, Ben Kilborne, described the impact of shame and humiliation as creating a shame–rage or shame–guilt spiral, and that both postures inhibit the capacity for symbol formation or mentalization and can thus contribute to destructive acting out. This panel, and these papers, explore how destructive consequences can be avoided in various social contexts. Carlo Strenger, a Swiss-born Israeli analyst, describes how shame and humiliation has been transmitted from generation to generation among Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews in Israel, and how that process has affected political and social processes, with complex

Journal

International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic StudiesWiley

Published: Nov 1, 2004

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