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Shame and performativity: thoughts on the psychology of neoliberalism. [DVD] Presented by Paul Hoggett

By: HOGGETT, Paul | Scientific Meeting of the Tavistock and Portman Clinic.
Series: Scientific Meeting of the Tavistock Centre and Portman Clinic 08th February 2016.Publisher: London, Tavistock Clinic, 2016Description: 1 video disc (approx 80 min).Subject(s): VIDEODISC 2QTSummary: Under neo-liberalism markets and competition penetrate more deeply into life, including the life of the self. One’s wage, job security and promotion become intimately linked to performance. Performativity becomes internalized, what have been called ‘self tracking cultures’ begin to proliferate. The question, “Am I measuring up?”, stalks us at work, in the gym and in our various roles as lovers, parents, etc. Shame is becoming ubiquitous, not only in organisations and public life, but on-line, in social gatherings, even in the playground. Psychoanalysis has become increasingly alert to the presence of shame in the consulting room. This interest has accompanied an acceptance that, far from being a superficial form of social anxiety, shame is deeply rooted in our internal worlds. This talk will examine shame in relation to the grip of the ideal, and will explore the relation between shame and shamelessness in public life. Paul Hoggett is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and member of the Severnside Institute for Psychotherapy. He is Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at UWE, Bristol, an OPUS Fellow and Chair of the Climate Psychology Alliance.
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Under neo-liberalism markets and competition penetrate more deeply into life, including the life of the self. One’s wage, job security and promotion become intimately linked to performance. Performativity becomes internalized, what have been called ‘self tracking cultures’ begin to proliferate. The question, “Am I measuring up?”, stalks us at work, in the gym and in our various roles as lovers, parents, etc. Shame is becoming ubiquitous, not only in organisations and public life, but on-line, in social gatherings, even in the playground.

Psychoanalysis has become increasingly alert to the presence of shame in the consulting room. This interest has accompanied an acceptance that, far from being a superficial form of social anxiety, shame is deeply rooted in our internal worlds. This talk will examine shame in relation to the grip of the ideal, and will explore the relation between shame and shamelessness in public life.


Paul Hoggett is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and member of the Severnside Institute for Psychotherapy. He is Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at UWE, Bristol, an OPUS Fellow and Chair of the Climate Psychology Alliance.

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