Understanding shame and humiliation in couple relationships
This half-day workshop will explore the role of shame in human relationships and discuss the origin of shame pathology using neuroscience. Clinical implications of working with couples will be considered.
Shame is a universal experience but couple relationships which are locked in a cycle of blame and conflict are particularly susceptible to shame and humiliation. In couple psychotherapy, individual partners can feel uniquely vulnerable to feelings of both shame and humiliation as they cannot control what the other partner might reveal during the course of therapy. Recent advances in neurobiology reinforce a psychoanalytic understanding of the development of very early susceptibility to shame.
This workshop will explore:
- The role of shame and humiliation in human relationships.
- A neuroscientific understanding of the origin of shame pathology will be discussed.
- The role of shame in relationships and to how work with it within a psychoanalytic framework.
- Participants are encouraged to watch the Woody Allen film Blue Jasmine (2013, Sony Pictures.)
About the host
Our aim at Tavistock Relationships is to create a programme of high-quality, informative and clinically useful CPD. In choosing topics, we aim to ensure we offer fresh subjects to stimulate new thinking and debate as well as continuing to offer repeat workshops for which there is on-going popular demand.