Severe Public Humiliation: Its Nature, Consequences, and Clinical Treatment

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Abstract

In this article, we present an analysis of what is involved when our clients undergo severe public humiliation at the hands of another person or persons. We describe (a) the structure of such humiliation; that is, the factors that, taken collectively, render certain interpersonal events and circumstances humiliating ones for people; (b) the most common damaging consequences of being subjected to these, up to and including suicide and homicide; and (c) a number of therapeutic interventions that have proven effective in our own work with humiliated clients, as well as certain obstacles we have encountered in this work.

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