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Shame

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Author(s): Wurmser, Léon
1. Term, Forms The word “shame” refers both to an emotion and to a basic disposition. 1.1. Shame appears as a type of anxiety, the anxiety of shame (“I am afraid of being exposed and thus humiliated”). Such anxiety can manifest itself as a subtle warning (signal form) or as overwhelming panic. 1.2. Shame also occurs as a complex emotion in reference to a depressive core feeling (“I have exposed myself and feel humiliated; I want to disappear; I don’t want to exist any longer as such a being that has thus exposed itself; I can extirpate this perce…