The shame of existing: an extreme form of shame.

@article{Wille2014TheSO,
  title={The shame of existing: an extreme form of shame.},
  author={Robbert S.G. Wille},
  journal={The International journal of psycho-analysis},
  year={2014},
  volume={95 4},
  pages={
          695-717
        }
}
This paper presents 'the shame of existing' as a form of shame that is deeper and more extensive than those customarily encountered. 'The shame of existing' is defined as shame about existing as we are and especially at the fact that we are. It is accompanied by merciless and total rejection of the subject's self and by feelings of extreme worthlessness and inferiority coupled with the all-pervasive conviction that it would be better not to exist. On the basis of clinical material… CONTINUE READING
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