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University of Waterloo
Jewish Studies
JS 203
Dr.Wayne Allen

Shame and Guilt Thursday, February 28, 2013 6:07 PM  The experience of the grandparents have had a significant affect on the next generations (children, grandchildren) o Their family have not been spared o Children of survivors have grown up with psychological issues and even severe mental issues o Does it ever stop??  Does it dilute over time?  What is shame?? o Feelings of unworthiness; inferiority; a feeling of profound inadequate and is usually accompanies by a belief of unworthiness which is also self destructive o Shame can be useful; it is a bad thing to have.. But it isnt a bad thing to use  Can be used as a vehicle for obedience or complying  e.g. Amish: if someone does something against the rules, they are called out and shamed therefore stopping others from not complying o Not just a human reaction but it can actually have some value when applied in society o An abiding shame could lead to destructive self hatred  What is guilt?? o Anger directed inward; rather than being angry at people around you, you turn it on yourself o Unlike shame, guilt can be corrected o Sometimes guilt can evolve into shame Survivor Guilt  Address the question not of "why me" BUT of "why not me" o Everyone is dead.. Why not me; my family got torcherd... Why not me o e.g. War veteran: why did everyone die but me?  Why do they do this?? o In the same situations, there are different outcomes; the survival of one is construed at the expense of another o Telling someone not to feel guilty is like telling someone not to be hot or cold because guilt is a FEELING  The fact that people feel guilty CAN a good thing o Address hopelessness and powerlessness o Strengthens the connection with the dead o Motives the fact that they have to do something about it... Could be kindness o The sense of powerlessness can empower you to do something else
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