Self-defense against verbal assault: shame, anger, and the social bond.

@article{Scheff1995SelfdefenseAV,
  title={Self-defense against verbal assault: shame, anger, and the social bond.},
  author={Thomas J. Scheff},
  journal={Family process},
  year={1995},
  volume={34 3},
  pages={
          271-86
        }
}
With many years of experience and refinement, the arts of self-defense against physical assault are highly developed. Without an effective theory and and a useful practice, there is little in the way of self-defense against verbal assault. For THEORY, I draw upon ideas from aikido, family systems theory, and the sociology of emotions. Since unacknowledged shame seems to generate rage and damage social bonds, I emphasize the management of shame, anger, and bonds. To illustrate the meaning of… CONTINUE READING

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