From Guilt to Shame

From Guilt to Shame

Auschwitz and After

eBook - 2007
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Why has shame recently displaced guilt as a dominant emotional reference in the West? After the Holocaust, survivors often reported feeling guilty for living when so many others had died, and in the 1960s psychoanalysts and psychiatrists in the United States helped make survivor guilt a defining feature of the "survivor syndrome." Yet the idea of survivor guilt has always caused trouble, largely because it appears to imply that, by unconsciously identifying with the perpetrator, victims psychically collude with power. In From Guilt to Shame, Ruth Leys has written the first genealogical-critical study of the vicissitudes of the concept of survivor guilt and the momentous but largely unrecognized significance of guilt's replacement by shame.
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2007.
ISBN: 9781400827985
1400827981
9781282458314
1282458310
9780691130804
0691130809
Characteristics: 1 online resource (200 pages).
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