The Positive Side of Negative Emotion: The Role of Guilt and Shame in Coping with Interpersonal Conflict

Hadar Behrendt, Rachel Ben-Ari

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Abstract

Two studies examined the effects of guilt and shame on coping with situations of interpersonal conflict. The first study used quantitative self-report measures to evaluate the relationship between guilt-proneness and shame-proneness and conflict coping style. The second study content-analyzed participants' narrative reports of interpersonal conflicts to evaluate the distinguishing characteristics of guilt versus shame, and the causal relationship between state guilt and shame and styles of coping with conflict. Findings highlight the characteristics of guilt and shame that may explain their differential influence on coping. Theoretical contributions and applications for conflict resolution and mediation are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1116-1138
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Conflict Resolution
Volume56
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2012

Bibliographical note

doi: 10.1177/0022002712445746

Keywords

  • conflict coping styles
  • conflict resolution
  • emotions
  • guilt
  • shame

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