School for Social Work
Psychoanalysis, Shame, Recognition (Psychology), Phenomenology, Mirror stage
Shame and recognition co-occur in the human psyche. Phenomenologically, shame is relational: experienced in the world with the Other. Psychoanalytically, the shame affect is treated as one of the ego's defenses, for example, as a protection from exposure. Shame seems to either promote or prevent the subject's capacity to recognize otherness and difference. In this paper, I attempt to re-read these respective theories on shame and recognition, eventually placing shame in, among other places, Lacan's (1988) mirror stage and relational perspectives of human development. I turn to two cases, one clinical, one from popular culture, to elaborate on the paradoxical experience of shame and recognition.
Collura, Nicholas J., "Alone with the other : paradoxes of shame and recognition in psychoanalytic theory, case material and Home alone" (2014). Masters Thesis, Smith College, Northampton, MA.