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Shame is a hinderance to education.

In Brené Brown's "Listening to Shame," she describes the difference between guilt and shame: guilt is "I made a mistake" and shame is "I am a mistake." By accepting these definitions, can it not be assumed that shame is not needed in schools? If shame is a personal opinion of oneself, is it not then only a hinderance to gaining an education?

In an article that I wrote recently(jakefrackson.wordpress.com - You Should be Ashamed of Yourself), I discuss shame and its role in education systems. I explore the use of shame and why, I believe, it is not necessary.

Working with the definition of shame above, is shame a hinderance to education?


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  • Nov 14 2012: Gone are the days of the "Survival of the Fittest", but the modern day slogan should be "Survival of the Shameless". Because one who is the shameless can only survive in this world. For clever people Shame is a tool to belittle and humiliate the other person. This way the clever person forces the other person to feel shame , and when the intensity of the shame increases in the person who has been belittled and humiliated he ends the life through suicide.This way the clever people reduce competition in their life.
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      Nov 17 2012: Some corporate giants seem to function just the way you described, see Monsanto in India for example. It seems to me that "survival of the fittest" is still the MO of too many individuals and organizations.
      • Nov 18 2012: Just like we have vegetarians and non-vegetarians , same way "Survival of the Fittest" is still valid for some , and those who are driven by shame for them "Survival of the Shameless" is good. Survival of the Shameless ultimately leads to the Survival of the fittest.

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