Humiliation: an excluded emotion

L’umiliazione: un’emozione “esclusa”

A. Collazzoni, C. Capanna, C. Marucci, M. Bustini, I. Riccardi, P. Stratta, A. Rossi

Dipartimento di Scienze Cliniche Applicate e Biotecnologie (DISCAB), Università de L’Aquila; 1 Dipartimento di Salute Mentale, ASL 1, L’Aquila


Herein the authors review the literature on humiliation, focusing on the relationship with psychopathology and neuroscience.

A literature search was conducted on Pubmed and Google Scholar using “humiliation”, “psychopathology”, “social neuroscience” and “social neurobiology” as key words.

Twenty-nine internationally published articles were found.

The paucity of studies demonstrate an overall lack of interest in Neuroscience and Psychopathology research for humiliation, even if several investigations have found humiliation to be an important risk factor that is linked to an increase in and maintenance of mental disorders. Further research on humiliation is encouraged.


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