Faculty Publications

Title

Psychologists' labeling of the affective states of shame and of guilt

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Psychotherapy

Volume

34

Issue

1

First Page

58

Last Page

63

Abstract

The current literature suggests that the treatment of shame and guilt require different approaches. However, historically there has been confusion in differentiating these affective states. This study examined the ability of psychologists to accurately distinguish between these states. The Shame/Guilt Recognition Questionnaire was developed and administered to a random sample of counseling psychologists working primarily in applied settings. The three hundred respondents were able to accurately label shame and guilt affective states, regardless of age, theoretical orientation, or stated familiarity with the shame and guilt literature (with an overall accuracy of 90%). Women were more accurate in their labeling of shame (92%) then were men (86%).

Original Publication Date

1-1-1997

DOI of published version

10.1037/h0087633

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