Shame and Guilt: Is There a Difference? Essay

745 WordsSep 17, 20103 Pages
As soon as the judge ruled and sentenced an adult woman to four years and 394 day of jail, many people outside the court were outraged. The adult lady killed a construction worker, while on her way to a party. The thing is she was driving drunk, and due to her drunkenness, she didn’t notice the “construction ahead” signs. As a result, she ran over a construction worker, who after being severely injured, didn’t survive. So you might be thinking that justice was made and that’s the end of it. Well no. for those people outside the court, justice wasn’t made. Why? Because that woman who killed that worker can buy herself out of jail and out of her responsibility. If she had been given five years, then she would have to serve her sentence in…show more content…
According to Tangney, “Feelings of shame involve a painful focus on the self—the humiliating sense that I am a bad person.” Tangney also tries to argue how psychologically this affects the person, how it doesn’t motivate any changes and therefore doesn’t approve of this as a punishment. I believe that in order to learn from your bad choices, it is important to feel ashamed and guilty. People who commit robberies and other similar crimes should be humiliated and made feel guilty of what they have done. Only that way will they ever think of not doing it again. What if the woman in the case I mentioned earlier paid her fee and had to do some type of community service? What if she was sent to some DUI classes and then go help with campaigns to prevent drunk driving? Well I wouldn’t be so happy about this. Tangney provides examples of how people in similar cases can be sent to these kinds of events instead of publicly shaming them. But then what happens to those persons who really volunteer for those good causes like helping the elderly and cleaning parks? What happens with them? Ideas like Tangney’s seem like an insult to those who volunteer from their heart and not because they have to or because they were ordered to do so. In paragraph seven, Kahan agrees on how community service is seen as a punishment by criminals and how it insults those that offer their services to these causes, not only that but it is also seen as an
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