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Guilt Versus Shame: Distinguishing the Two Emotions from a Chinese Perspective

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Abstract:

The aim of the study was to examine the relationship between two self-emotions (guilt and shame) and self from a Chinese perspective. In a 2 x 2 experiment conducted with 72 Chinese college students, the outcomes showed that by priming a big-me self-condition, participants would be likely to feel more guilt than shame; whereas by priming a little-me self-condition, participants reported more shame than guilt. The findings are important to distinguish the two self-emotions and also shed a light on the relationship between self-emotion and self.

Keywords: BIG-ME; CHINESE SELF; GUILT; LITTLE-ME; SELF-CONSCIOUS EMOTION; SHAME

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2009.37.5.601

Publication date: August 1, 2009

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