Title

From Self-awareness to Shame-proneness: Evidence of Causal Sequence Among Women

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2004

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1080/13576500342000022

Abstract

This article reports an experimental study designed to test the hypothesis that self-awareness plays a causal role in the experience of shame but not guilt. The effects of a self-focus manipulation on shame and guilt proneness were assessed by having male and female participants complete an internal vs. external focus of attention writing task and then complete the Test for Self-conscious Affect. Results indicated that heightened self-focus increased shame proneness but not guilt proneness for women but did not have parallel effects for men. Implications of these results for understanding self-conscious emotions are briefly discussed.

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Citation / Publisher Attribution

Self and Identity, v. 3, issue 1, p. 27-37

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