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Gerais : Revista Interinstitucional de Psicologia

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LIMA, Mayara Gama de; ALENCAR, Heloisa Moulin de  and  ROSSETTI, Claudia Broetto. Morality: studying shame in college students. Gerais, Rev. Interinst. Psicol. [online]. 2015, vol.8, n.1, pp. 63-77. ISSN 1983-8220.

The current research paper has the main goal of investigating the influence of shame on the mental state of college students arising from a lack of ethics (self-confidence). We conducted the research with four different college students using the piagetian clinical method with semi-structured interview. The collected data sheds light on how the participants feel about shame: they did not mention much moral content in the definition, examples, and justifications given. However, we studied, among three different aspects, the judgment and/or gaze of others. We highlighted the difference made by an external observer, since all participants associate the feeling of shame with the protagonist. We hope that this data contributes to a theoretical reflection on morality, which includes the importance of affectivity for moral judgment. Based on the results found, we hope to promote other studies and discussions about the aforementioned subject.

Keywords : Morality; Shame; College students.

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