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Clinical Conference: Peter Shabad – Divided Against Oneself: Shame, Inhibition, and Life's Aftermath

  • 27 Mar 2021
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Zoom Meeting


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The Connecticut Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology


Peter Shabad, PhD

Divided Against Oneself:  

Shame, Inhibition, and Life's Aftermath

Art: Alice Pike Barney, The Shadow, n.d., pastel on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum 

Lecture and Clinical Workshop

Saturday, March 27, 2021

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

CSPP conferences will be held via Zoom until further notice.  

The Speaker  

Peter Shabad, PhD is on the Teaching and Supervising Faculty of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis and is on the Core faculty of the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis. He is also an Associate Editor at Psychoanalytic Dialogues. Dr. Shabad is co-editor of The Problem of Loss and Mourning: Psychoanalytic Perspectives published by IUP in 1989 and author of Despair and the Return of Hope: Echoes of Mourning in Psychotherapy published by Aronson in 2001. He is currently working on a new book entitled Seizing The Vital Moment: Passion, Shame, and Mourning to be published by Routledge. Dr. Shabad is the author of numerous papers and book chapters on diverse topics such as loss and mourning, giving and receiving, shame, parental envy, resentment, spite, and regret.   


In this presentation, Dr. Shabad will first explore how the rupture in giving of oneself and being received in human relationships may lead to shame and paralyzing. self-consciousness. The inhibiting effect of shame may subsequently lead to much self-doubt and a retreat from the transitions inherent in human development and growth. He will then describe the pathway by which such shame-inhibited passivity leads to feelings of self-pity, envy, regret, resentment, and the entitled sense of feeling owed. Here, he will contrast how whereas remorseful guilt leads to the sense of owing, shame often leads ultimately to a sense of feeling owed.  

Learning Objectives

1)    A the end of the presentation, participants will be able to describe how ruptured vulnerability of giving and being received lead to shame and self-consciousness.

2)    At the end of the presentation, participants will be able to describe how the shame-induced passivity leads to self-pity, resentment, and entitlement.

3) At the end of the presentation, participants will be able to contrast the dynamics of guilt with those of shame.


Shabad, P. (2017). The vulnerability of giving:  Ethics and the generosity of receiving. Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 37 (6): 359-374.

Shabad, P.  (2010). The suffering of passion:  Metamorphoses and the embrace of the Stranger, Psychoanalytic Dialogues 20: 710–729.

Shabad, P. (2007).  Between determinism and self-blame:  The freedom to choose oneself.  Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Vol, 43, (4).



The conference is appropriate for professionals interested in the practice of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. The instructional level of this conference is intermediate.

Continuing Education

This conference has been approved for for 1.5 continuing education hours(NASW & Div. 39) Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Social workers can receive continuing education credit through NASW/CT.

If CE credit is desired, please mark the appropriate box on the registration page. A $3.00 fee will be added. In addition, 100% attendance and a completed evaluation form is required to receive CE credit. The evaluation form will be sent in the form of an online survey to all registrants within a few days after the event. Questions/problems, contact the registrar,  Matt Bukowski.

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Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. Participants are asked to be aware of needs for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them.

Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to Ellen Nasper, PhD, at Ellen Nasper.

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