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Dissertation on Guilt and Shame



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Philosophical Issues

in the

Psychological Diagnosis


Guilt and Shame




Gary Robert Schouborg, B.S., M.A., S.T.M.




Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of

The University of Texas at Austin

in Partial Fulfillment

of the Requirements

for the Degree of




The University of Texas at Austin

December, 1978




Gary Robert Schouborg



Table of Contents




Chapter One: Freudís Account of Guilt


1. Fear of Punishment

2. Desire for Punishment

3. Moral Belief

4. The Origin of Moral Belief

5. Diagnosis

6. Justifying Moral Beliefs to Oneself


Chapter Two: Guilt


1. States and Actions

2. Motivation

3. Self-Knowledge

4. The Logic of Emotion

5. Fear of Punishment

6. Desire for Punishment

7. Disappointment with Oneself

8. Regret

9. Categorical vs. Hypothetical Guilt

10. What We Really Believe


Chapter Three: Shame


1. The Definition

2. External Sanction

3. Exposure

4. Vulnerability

5. Inferiority

6. Unfulfillment

7. The Whole Self

8. Rejection

9. Embarrassment


Chapter Four: The Diagnosis of Guilt and Shame


1. Changing One's Beliefs

2. Changing One's Motives

3. The Diagnosis of Guilt and Shame

4. Alienation

5. Regard for others





Gary Robert Schouborg was born in Beatrice, Nebraska, on March 2, 1936, the son of Lucille Irene Schouborg and Robert Renning Schouborg. After graduating from Loyola High school, Los Angeles, California, in 1954, he entered Loyola University of Los Angeles and received the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in mathematics in 1958. In 1961, he entered Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, Missouri and received a Master of Arts degree with a major in philosophy in 1964. After teaching philosophy from 1964 to 1966 at Loyola University of Los Angeles, he entered Alma College, Santa Clara, California and received a Master of Sacred Theology degree in 1969. In the same year, he entered The University of Texas at Austin with a major in philosophy. Since April, 1975, he has been employed by Counseling and Assessment Services, Austin, Texas, as a psychological assistant and has also been self-employed as an individual, marriage, and family therapist.

Permanent address: 1423 Larkwood Drive, Austin, Texas 78723 [as of December, 1978]

This dissertation was typed by Gary Robert Schouborg.