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Jacobs, L. (2017). On Dignity, a Sense of Dignity, and Inspirational Shame. Psychoanal. Inq., 37(6):380-394.

(2017). Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 37(6):380-394

On Dignity, a Sense of Dignity, and Inspirational Shame

Lynne Jacobs, Ph.D.

The word dignity encompasses more than we can say of it. It is difficult to define, and yet we work with it every day in our offices. I explore various ideas about dignity, and then examine the place of dignity in the process of analysis and therapy. I draw out psychological components of dignity that are often strong themes in our psychoanalytic work. Many patients come to therapy as a result of assaults on their dignity, or from the effects of family situations that are so corrosive that they never developed a sense of their own dignity. For these patients, I think of therapy as a process of either finding or restoring dignity.

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