Self-Consciousness Conditioning In Adopted Children
Self-conscious emotions cultivated in adopted children, such as guilt, shame embarrassment, and pride, are emotions that relate to their lacking sense of self and self-consciousness of others' reactions to adopted children. The psychological burden of being adopted creates additional complexity of integration where the adopted child's genuine spontaneous feelings that are associated with their authentic self must be disregarded in favor of integration with the adoptive family's characteristics needed for psychological survival within this In-group. The adopted child's role is to blend in with the family that he does not genetically belong. The conscious and unconscious efforts of the adopted child to belong to the In-group in spite of the fact that he does not genetically belong, the adopted child compensates for the inability to belong.
Description of Self Conscious Emotions
- Shame..........Feelings of shame and secrecy in adopted child self
- Pride............Lack of pride in identity
- Guilt...........Guilt grows through the parent's shamed adopted child
- Envy..Adoptee's envy as the outsider looking in at family cohesion
- Embarrassment........to be the outsider, different and not belonging
- Require self-awareness and self representation
- Emerge later than basic emotions
- Facilitate attainment of complex social goals
- Do not have distinct universally recognized facial expressions
- Cognitively complex
Development of Self Conscious Emotions
Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration
- Levels of embarrassment have found to be easier to see in females and African-Americans, than compared to male and Caucasian targets (Keltner, 1995). This is due to social learnings from previous generations.