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Shame Glossary

Shame: A Glossary of Terms 

We have been compiling a list of shame terms that we have encountered in the literature about shame and shame experiences. Over the course of the project, we will be writing glossary entries to define and discuss each of these terms.

Please email us with any relevant terms you would like to see us include in this glossary.

  • Acute Shame
  • Adaptive Shame
  • Anticipated Shame
  • Anti-Shame
  • Body Shame
  • Blushing
  • Bypassed Shame
  • Chagrin
  • Chronic Shame
  • Circle of Shame
  • Collective Shame
  • Conformity Shame
  • Contagious Shame
  • Cybershaming
  • Disavowed Shame
  • Discretion Shame
  • Disgrace Shame
  • Dishonour
  • Disintegrative Shame
  • Dispositional Shame
  • Dissociated Shame
  • Embarrassment
  • Empathic Shame
  • Everyday Shame
  • External Shame
  • Gay Shame
  • Generational Shame
  • Global Shame
  • Group-Based Shame
  • Guilt
  • Healthy Shame
  • Honour
  • Humiliation
  • Internal Shame
  • Internalized Shame
  • I-Shame
  • Maladaptive Shame
  • Me-Shame
  • Meta-Affectual Shame
  • Mortification
  • Public Shame
  • Protective Shame
  • Online Shame
  • Ontological Shame
  • Open Shame
  • Original Shame
  • Primitive Shame
  • Primordial Shame
  • Proto-Affect Shame
  • Queer Shame
  • Reflected Shame
  • Reparative Shame
  • Repressed Shame
  • Saving Face
  • Secret Shame
  • Self-conscious Emotion
  • Self-consciousness
  • Sexual Shame
  • Shame
  • Shamefaced
  • Shamefastness
  • Shamelessness
  • Shame Anxiety
  • Shame-Based
  • Shame Bound
  • Shame Culture
  • Shame-Humiliation
  • Shame-Prone
  • Shame Scripts
  • Shame Spirals
  • Shame Subjectivity
  • Shaming
  • Sidebar of Shame
  • State Shame
  • Stigma
  • Survivor Shame
  • Toxic Shame
  • Trait Shame
  • Traumatic Shame
  • Ubiquitous Shame
  • Unbounded Shame
  • Unhealthy Shame
  • Unshame
  • Vicarious Shame
  • Weaponized Shame