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Cultural differences in the meaning of guilt and shame

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Guilt and shame have been conceptualized in several different ways in the psychological and anthropological literature. This study aims to clarify, whether the meaning of the terms guilt and shame differs systematically as a function of cultural-level characteristics. We found that guilt and shame terms are differentiated in very comparable ways across cultural and linguistic groups, with guilt being characterized by a concern for others and a tendency to set things right, and shame being characterized by a tendency to feel exposed and willingness to withdraw from the social situation. We also found some small cultural differences. However, against the prominent view in the literature, these differences were not related to the collectivism–individualism dimension, but instead to uncertainty avoidance and especially to power distance.
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cultural differences, guilt, shame

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Silfver-Kuhalampi, Mia, Johnny Fontaine, Let Dillen, et al. “Cultural Differences in the Meaning of Guilt and Shame.” Components of Emotional Meaning : a Sourcebook. Ed. Johnny Fontaine, Klaus Scherer, & Cristina Soriano. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2013. 388–396. Print.
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Silfver-Kuhalampi, M., Fontaine, J., Dillen, L., & Scherer, K. (2013). Cultural differences in the meaning of guilt and shame. In J. Fontaine, K. Scherer, & C. Soriano (Eds.), Components of emotional meaning : a sourcebook (pp. 388–396). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
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Silfver-Kuhalampi, Mia, Johnny Fontaine, Let Dillen, and Klaus Scherer. 2013. “Cultural Differences in the Meaning of Guilt and Shame.” In Components of Emotional Meaning : a Sourcebook, ed. Johnny Fontaine, Klaus Scherer, and Cristina Soriano, 388–396. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
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Silfver-Kuhalampi, Mia, Johnny Fontaine, Let Dillen, and Klaus Scherer. 2013. “Cultural Differences in the Meaning of Guilt and Shame.” In Components of Emotional Meaning : a Sourcebook, ed. Johnny Fontaine, Klaus Scherer, and Cristina Soriano, 388–396. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
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Silfver-Kuhalampi M, Fontaine J, Dillen L, Scherer K. Cultural differences in the meaning of guilt and shame. In: Fontaine J, Scherer K, Soriano C, editors. Components of emotional meaning : a sourcebook. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press; 2013. p. 388–96.
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M. Silfver-Kuhalampi, J. Fontaine, L. Dillen, and K. Scherer, “Cultural differences in the meaning of guilt and shame,” in Components of emotional meaning : a sourcebook, J. Fontaine, K. Scherer, and C. Soriano, Eds. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2013, pp. 388–396.
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  abstract     = {Guilt and shame have been conceptualized in several different ways in the psychological and anthropological literature. This study aims to clarify, whether the meaning of the terms guilt and shame differs systematically as a function of cultural-level characteristics. We found that guilt and shame terms are differentiated in very comparable ways across cultural and linguistic groups, with guilt being characterized by a concern for others and a tendency to set things right, and shame being characterized by a tendency to feel exposed and willingness to withdraw from the social situation. We also found some small cultural differences. However, against the prominent view in the literature, these differences were not related to the collectivism–individualism dimension, but instead to uncertainty avoidance and especially to power distance.},
  author       = {Silfver-Kuhalampi, Mia and Fontaine, Johnny and Dillen, Let and Scherer, Klaus},
  booktitle    = {Components of emotional meaning : a sourcebook},
  editor       = {Fontaine, Johnny and Scherer, Klaus and Soriano, Cristina},
  isbn         = {9780199592746},
  keywords     = {cultural differences,guilt,shame},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {388--396},
  publisher    = {Oxford University Press},
  series       = {Series in affective science},
  title        = {Cultural differences in the meaning of guilt and shame},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199592746.003.0027},
  year         = {2013},
}

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