chapter  3
Shame in Obsessive-Compulsive Personalities: Expanded Contexts
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The aim of this chapter is to reintroduce and extend theclinical and literary data from Chapter Two in order tolook more closely at central shame concerns of the individuals under consideration. In using Mr. Stevens as a subject for discussion, particular interest will be paid to the interactions between early shame experience and later, hypertrophied superego activity, as well as to driven pursuit of ideal self-images. Annette will be reconsidered primarily with regard to her use of shame as a resistance to insight and personality change. Sidney's denial of shame and his defensive preference for considering himself a victim of shaming will also be discussed.