Management Of Shame State-Shame Acknowledgment

Management Of Shame State-Shame Acknowledgment and Shame Displacement
Braithwaite‚ V‚ Ahmed‚ E. (2011)
MOSS-SASD Scenario
Suppose you just had voiced a ‘criticism of work and undervalued the
efforts’ of a co-worker in front of other staff‚ including subordinates of the
co-worker. How likely is it that you would feel the following …
MOSS-SASD Items (Retained in the Final Scale)
Shame Acknowledgment
1. ashamed of yourself
2. you had let down your co-workers
3. regretting what you have said
4. concerned to put matters right and put it behind you
5. you have harmed your professional reputation
6. feel hesitant to come at the office
Scale mean = 2.28 (SD = .83‚ alpha = .80)
Shame Displacement
1. angry with your co-workers
2. unable to decide‚ in your mind‚ whether or not you had done the wrong thing;
3. placing the blame somewhere else for what you said
4. you wanted to get even with someone else
Scale mean = 2.29 (SD = 1.13‚ alpha = .86)
MOPS Scenario
Suppose that you were required (asked) to solve an old and difficult problem at your workplace. You solved it successfully. How likely is it that you would feel the following…
Narcissistic Pride
1. good about yourself
2. superior over your co-workers
3. dominant over your co-workers
4. admiration from your co-workers
5. you are a very talented person
6. an increased sense of self-confidence
7. you had authority over your co-workers
8. putting down your co-workers
9. Putting your needs over your co-workers’ needs
Scale mean = 2.32 (SD = 1.12‚ alpha = .91)
Humble Pride
1. show humility in all respects
2. respect the contribution of others to solving the problem
3. your co-workers could have solved the problem as well
4. proud of yourself without being arrogant
5. respect all co-workers irrespective of their status
6. considerate to your co-workers’ comments on this solution
7. a sense of achievement without being arrogant
Scale mean = 3.05 (SD = 1.00‚ alpha = .86).
This instrument can be found on pages 93-94 of “Workplace Bullying and Victimization: The Influence of Organizational Context‚ Shame and Pride”‚ available online at:  &
1 = definitely not‚ 2 =unlikely‚ 3 = unsure‚ 4 = probably‚ 5 = definitely

Ahmed‚ Eliza‚ 2011‚ ‘Shame‚ pride and workplace bullying’‚ Susanne Karstedt‚ Ian Loader and Heather Strang‚ Emotions‚ Crime and Justice‚ 1st‚ Hart Publishing‚ Oxford

Valerie Braithwaite‚ Eliza Ahmed and John Braithwaite. Workplace Bullying and Victimization: The Influence of Organizational Context‚ Shame and Pride .International Journal of Organisational