Shame: Wanting to Be Seen and the Need to Hide


  • Helen Resneck-Sannes



shame, narcissism, gender, sexual abuse, outliers


Shame is differentiated from guilt and embarrassment by elucidating the biology and energetics of shame. Shame is a response to a relational injury. Its early developmental origins are explored, especially its relationship to narcissism. Gender differences to shame and responses to being shamed are elaborated. The issues surrounding healing sexual abuse are discussed focusing on shame as the major culprit in working with sexual abuse. Lastly, the dynamics of outliers and their susceptibility to shame are discussed.

Author Biography

Helen Resneck-Sannes

Helen Resneck-Sannes, Ph.D. is a psychologist in private practice, and has lectured and taught in universities and colleges. She is a well-published author and is most known for her ability to integrate diverse concepts into the theory and practice of bioenergetics. She is a member of the international faculty, and has been a keynote speaker at conferences, co-editor of the journal, and has led training groups in the United States, Canada, Europe and New Zealand.
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How to Cite

Resneck-Sannes, H. (2019). Shame: Wanting to Be Seen and the Need to Hide. Bioenergetic Analysis, 29(1), 39–56.