Toward a Globally Informed Psychology of Humiliation: Comment on McCauley (2017)

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Abstract

There has never been a more urgent time for psychologists to gain a broader and deeper understanding of the pernicious dynamics of humiliation. Congratulations to the American Psychologist for introducing an article on the topic of humiliation and asymmetric conflict. Based on more than 20 years of research, a global community of scholars has established humiliation studies as a field of academic inquiry and has built a solid foundation of expertise on the phenomenon of humiliation and its impact. Open violence is only the tip of the iceberg. This commentary offers substantial clarifications and updates in support of McCauley’s article and invites psychologists to recognize their vital role in developing research and clinical practice to address the explosive consequences of humiliation around the globe.

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