Dr. Elison speaks on dealing with negative emotions


Coping with negative emotions is the subject of the next Adams State College Faculty Lecture, "The Self Under Siege: Coping with Shame, Guilt, Embarrassment and Humiliation," by Dr. Jeff Elison, assistant professor of psychology. The event begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, in Porter Hall (the science building) room 130.

Shame, guilt, and humiliation are emotions which we all experience at one time or another. Although they serve adaptive functions, each emotion presents a painful experience which we would rather avoid. Shame and guilt have been implicated in a wide variety of psychological symptoms. Similarly, humiliation has been linked to violence and suicide, including recent school shootings. However, it may not be the experience of these emotions per se, but how one copes with them that leads to problematic outcomes.

Elison's research program has addressed questions regarding causes of, correlates of, and coping with these emotions. This talk will ground the academic perspective on these self-conscious emotions by tying them to everyday examples. Finally, recommendations relevant to parents, teachers, and students on how to practice and teach effective coping will be presented.

All talks are free and the public is invited. Complimentary light refreshments will be offered. For further information on the series of lectures, contact Dr. Kristy Duran, assistant professor of biology, at 719-587-7767, or by email: klduran@adams.edu.