Psychology Professor June Tangney to Share Insights on Shame and Guilt

Posted: November 3, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

June Tangney
June Tangney

Mason’s Vision Series continues on Monday, Nov. 6, at 8 p.m. when June Tangney presents “Shame and Guilt: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” The program in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall on the Fairfax Campus is free and open to the public.

Professor Tangney’s talk will summarize current research on the positive aspects of shame and guilt. Based on research conducted with children, families and incarcerated offenders, Tangney will discuss implications for parents, teachers and the criminal justice system.

Tangney’s research on the subject has been universally praised as “cohesive, wide-ranging … a standard reference in the field for years to come” by the American Library Association’s journal, Choice.

Peter Salovey, associate professor of psychology and director of graduate studies in psychology at Yale University, remarked, “I have not seen a better collection of papers on shame, embarrassment, guilt and pride.”

The journal Contemporary Psychology calls Tangney’s work “… full of unexpected delights … valuable for clinician and researcher alike.”

June Price Tangney completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at UCLA. She joined the Psychology Department at George Mason in 1988 after teaching at Bryn Mawr College.

Tangney is coauthor (with Ronda Dearing) of “Shame and Guilt,” coeditor (with Kurt Fischer) of “Self-conscious Emotions: Shame, Guilt, Embarrassment and Pride,” and coeditor (with Mark Leary) of the “Handbook of Self and Identity.”

She has served as associate editor for Self and Identity and consulting editor for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology; Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin; Psychological Assessment; Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology; and Journal of Personality. She is associate editor of American Psychologist. Her current research focuses on moral emotions and moral cognitions among incarcerated offenders.

All Vision lectures are free, but tickets are required. Visit the Center for the Arts web site to reserve tickets and see the full lecture schedule, or visit the Center for the Arts ticket office (Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). For information, call 703-993-8888.

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