Fridays@CCP March 19, 2021
Peter Shabad, PhD
Divided Against Oneself: Shame, Inhibition and Life’s Aftermath
7-9pm (CST): ZOOM Presentation and discussion
About the presentation: This paper will trace the pathway of shame as a reaction to relational ruptures through the problematic implications of self-inhibition that follow from introjecting those experiences of rejected vulnerability. Chronic self-shaming and the attempt to cover up one’s shame often leads to an entrenched passivity, in which individuals avoid self-exposure by constraining their curiosity and growth toward the new and remaining loyal to what is familiar. Such passivity may lead to a fatalistic despair, which is often characterized by self-pity, envy, resentment, and ultimately to the torment of regret for the life that went unlived. A clinical case will be presented to illustrate the life toll that shame and subsequent self-inhibition takes for individuals.
Dr. Peter Shabad is Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Northwestern University Medical School. He is also on the Teaching and Supervising Faculty of the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis (CCP) and Faculty of the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute. Dr. Shabad is co-editor of The Problem of Loss and Mourning: Psychoanalytic Perspectives (IUP, 1989) and is the author of Despair and the Return of Hope: Echoes of Mourning in Psychotherapy (Aronson, 2001). Dr. Shabad is currently working on a new book entitled Seizing The Vital Moment: Trauma, Shame, and Mourning to be published by Routledge. He is the author of numerous papers and book chapters on diverse topics such as the psychological implications of death, loss and mourning, giving and receiving, shame, parental envy, resentment, spite, and regret. Dr. Shabad has a private practice in Chicago in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic therapy.
1. Participants will be able to describe why shame leads to blaming the victim in oneself for being a victim.
2 .Participants will be able to describe why shame leads to self-pity, envy, and resentment.
3. Participants will be able to describe the differences between shame and guilt.
The program is directed primarily at intermediate practitioners.
CCP members: free with annual $175 membership, payable at registration.
Students:free with annual $125 membership, payable at registration.
Fellows: free with annual $150 membership, payable at registration.
Non-CCP members, single admission: $50
Student non-members, single admission: $15
This program is sponsored for Continuing Education Credits by the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis. There is no commercial support for this program, nor are there any relationships between the continuing education sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants or other funding that could be construed as conflicts of interest. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If the program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content. CCP is licensed by the state of Illinois to sponsor continuing education credits for Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Counselors and Licensed Clinical Psychologists (license no. 159.000941 and 268.000020 and 168.000238 Illinois Dept. of Financial and Professional Regulation).
Professionals holding the aforementioned credentials will receive 2.0 continuing education credits for attending the entire program. To receive these credits a completed evaluation form must be turned in at the end of the presentation and licensed psychologists must first complete a brief exam on the subject matter. No continuing education credit will be given for attending part of the presentation. Refunds for CE credit after the program begins will not be honored. If a participant has special needs or concerns about the program, s/he should contact Toula Kourliouros Kalven by March 18, 2021 at email@example.com
Shabad, P. (2020). The forward edge of resistance: Toward The dignity of human agency. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 30(1), p. 51-64.
Shabad, P. (2017). The vulnerability of giving: Ethics and the generosity of receiving. Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 37 (6): 359-374.
Shabad, P. (2010). The suffering of passion: Metamorphoses and the embrace of the stranger, Psychoanalytic Dialogues 20: 710–729.
Shabad, P. (2007). Between determinism and self-blame: The freedom to choose oneself. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Vol, 43, (4).
Shabad, P. (2006). To expose or to cover up: Human vulnerability in the shadow of death. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 42(3), pp. 413-436.
The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis/CCP Program Committee: Carol Ganzer, PhD, Toula Kourliouros Kalven, Adina Bayuk Keesom, PsyD
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