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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica
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LA TAILLE, Yves de. Shame and its relationships with morality. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2002, vol.15, n.1, pp. 13-25. ISSN 1678-7153. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-79722002000100003.
The aim of this paper is to analyze the relationship between shame and morality. The first step is a discussion about one theoretical perspective (moral self) that allows us to integrate the affective dimension into the psychological explanation of the moral action. The second step is the analysis of four essential aspects of shame: the place of self-judgment and the judgment of other in the experience of shame, 2) the temporal axis of shame (prospective and retrospective shame), 3) the positive and negative meanings of shame and 4) its relationship with the self. We conclude our text with an analysis of the concept of honor that represents the link between morality and shame. It is shown that honor is a necessary condition for the moral action.
Keywords : Moral; shame; honor; self.