Unbearable shame, splitting, and forgiveness in the resolution of vengefulness.

@article{Lansky2007UnbearableSS,
  title={Unbearable shame, splitting, and forgiveness in the resolution of vengefulness.},
  author={Melvin R. Lansky},
  journal={Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association},
  year={2007},
  volume={55 2},
  pages={
          571-93
        }
}
The vengeful state of mind, the conscious psychological component of scenarios of vengefulness, is here seen as a fixation that is instigated and held in place by the workings of hidden shame dynamics, which in extreme cases transform a prodromal disorganized shame state into a relentlessly vengeful state of mind. That state of mind, since it vilifies the offender and disconnects the avenger-offender relationship from the avenger's other relationships to those in the moral and social order, is… CONTINUE READING