Psychologists' labeling of the affective states of shame and of guilt
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%).
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Ashby, Jeffrey S.; Slaney, Robert B.; Moran, Wendy J.; and Cotter, John M., "Psychologists' labeling of the affective states of shame and of guilt" (1997). Faculty Publications. 4016.