The Value of Shame

Exploring a Health Resource in Cultural Contexts

  • Elisabeth Vanderheiden
  • Claude-Hélène Mayer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Elisabeth Vanderheiden, Claude-Hélène Mayer
    Pages 1-39
  3. Theoretical Perspectives on Shame and Culture

  4. Culture-Specific Perspectives on Shame

  5. The Application of Shame and Culture in Therapeutic and Counseling Practices

About this book


This volume combines empirical research-based and theoretical perspectives on shame in cultural contexts and from socio-culturally different perspectives, providing new insights and a more comprehensive cultural base for contemporary research and practice in the context of shame. It examines shame from a positive psychology perspective, from the angle of defining the concept as a psychological and cultural construct, and with regard to practical perspectives on shame across cultures. 
The volume provides sound foundations for researchers and practitioners to develop new models, therapies and counseling practices to redefine and re-frame shame in a way that leads to strength, resilience and empowerment of the individual.


Shame across Cultures Shame from a Positive Psychology Perspective Cultural Issues in Positive Psychology Concepts of Shame Shame and Counselling Health, Well-Being and Shame Resilience, Culture and Shame Shame and Psychotherapy Shame and Guilt as Cultural Constructs Shame and Emotion

Editors and affiliations

  • Elisabeth Vanderheiden
    • 1
  • Claude-Hélène Mayer
    • 2
  1. 1.Katholische ErwachsenenbildungMainzGermany
  2. 2.Institut für therapeutische Kommunikation und SprachgebrauchEuropean University ViadrinaFrankfurt (Oder)Germany

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