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Shameful selves: women's feelings of inadequacy and constructed façades

Seu, Bruna (2006) Shameful selves: women's feelings of inadequacy and constructed façades. European Journal of Psychotherapy & Counselling 8 (3), pp. 285-303. ISSN 1364-2537.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13642530600878196

Abstract

This paper explores women's experiences of shame as a political, existential and psychological emotional state. In particular, it focuses on women's accounts of the specific shameful experiences containing the employment of a ‘façade’ to protect the ‘true’ self constructed as inadequate and shameful. The key argument in this paper is that women's shame should be understood as discursively, politically and psychodynamically over-determined. It therefore presents a reading of women's shame that brings together Foucauldian ideas of self-surveillance and positioning in discourse, with a psychodynamic theorization of shame as resulting from a constant negotiation between external forces and internal agencies. The paper also argues for the necessity of a multiplicity of readings to make adequate sense of such over-determination.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Shame, women's oppression, feminist theorizing and research, discourse analysis, psychoanalysis, façade, self, psychodynamics, discursive psychology
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Psychosocial Studies
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2011 14:00
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:22
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/4505

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