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Davies, M. (1988). Sidoli, M. (London). ‘Vergogna e ombra’ (Shame and the shadow). Rivista di psicologia analitica, Vol. 35, 1987.. J. Anal. Psychol., 33(3):309-310.

(1988). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 33(3):309-310

Sidoli, M. (London). ‘Vergogna e ombra’ (Shame and the shadow). Rivista di psicologia analitica, Vol. 35, 1987.

Review by:
Miranda Davies

In this paper, the idea to which the author gives corporeal form is that of shame and how it functions as a constituent of the shadow. She explores the links between the collective and personal shadow, the emotion of shame and its effect on the life of two individuals, the toddler Lilli and five-year-old Ricky. It is the way that she uses clinical material to bring life to ideas that gives her papers their immediacy.

Shame is first experienced by the baby through the phases of weaning, toilet training and Oedipal rivalry, when awareness of his own inadequacy arouses anguish and feelings of rejection. The assimilation of at least some of these shadow feelings is, as Jung points out, a necessary task for all. Adults and teachers often control children's behaviour by evoking shame, and in collective structures like schools and the armed forces, the denigration of weakness and the praise of strength and control can be extreme; these trends are often experienced by children through the collective unconscious of their parents.


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