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Etymology: Late Latin humiliatus, past participle of humiliare, from Latin humilis low. To reduce to a lower position in one's own eyes or others' eyes. While related to the word "humble," it is possible for one to be humiliated and not humbled.


Humiliation of the self

Humiliation need not involve another person; it can be a recognition of one's own standing, and can be a way of casting away false pride. Pride refers to a strong sense of self-respect, a refusal to be humiliated as well as joy in the accomplishments of oneself or a person, group, or object that one identifies with. ...

Humiliation of others

Humiliation of one person by another (humiliator) is often used as a way of asserting power over others, and is a common form of oppression or abuse. However, it can also be consensual, as part of an agreement with a lover of erotic humiliation. In either of these cases, it may be motivated by sadism. In addition, many punishments are deliberately designed to be humiliating, e.g. tarring and feathering, pillory, mark of infamy (stigma). Abuser redirects here. ... Consent within BDSM is an issue that attracts much attention in the field. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Flogging demonstration at Folsom Street Fair 2004. ... Look up Punishment in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Tarring and feathering is a physical punishment, at least as old as the Crusades, used to enforce formal justice in feudal Europe and informal justice in Europe and its colonies in the early modern period, as well as the early American frontier, mostly as a type of mob vengeance (compare... It has been suggested that Pranger be merged into this article or section. ... Social stigma is severe social disapproval of personal characteristics or beliefs that are against cultural norms. ...

Physical abuse is, in addition to the physical damage, also humiliating, as is intimidation. Rape may, in addition to being humiliating, cause physical damage, including being infected by a sexually transmitted disease, and also the physical abuse of making an unwilling woman pregnant. Physical abuse is abuse involving contact intended to cause pain, injury, or other physical suffering or harm. ... Intimidation is generally used in the meaning of criminal threatening. ... A sexually transmitted disease (STD) is an illness caused by an infectious pathogen that has a significant probability of transmission between humans by means of sexual contact, including vaginal intercourse, oral sex, and anal sex. ... A pregnant woman Pregnancy is the process by which a mammalian female carries a live offspring from conception until it develops to the point where the offspring is capable of living outside the womb. ...

Humiliation in sport

Humiliation in sport can be regarded as defeat by a large margin - unless the opposing team has so much better circumstances that such a defeat is seen as unavoidable, such as a national team of a very small country losing against a much larger country.

Especially a defeat suffered without some believable effort to prevent it, a defeat suffered by simply refusing to fight back, can cause complete loss of face or dignity by a person or team.

In sports such as paintball, being hit excessively, thus being covered with paint, is considered humiliating. In this case, the similarity to the extreme humiliation of being covered with excrement adds to the humiliation of defeat at sports.

See also

Verbal humiliation is when a person humiliates another intensely through disparaging comments. ... The voluntary self-punishment in order to atone for some wrongdoing. ... Look up degradation in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... ←Dehumanization is a process by which members of a group of people assert the inferiority of another group through subtle or overt acts or statements. ... Embarrassment is an unpleasant emotional state experienced upon having a socially or professionally unacceptable act or condition witnessed by or revealed to others. ... Hazing is an often ritualistic test, which may constitute harassment, abuse or humiliation with requirements to perform meaningless tasks, sometimes as a way of initiation into a social group. ... Bullying is the tormenting of others through verbal harassment, physical assault, or other more subtle methods of coercion such as manipulation. ... Social defeat refers losing access to resources due to competition with a conspecific animal. ...

External links

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  • Just Fight On! Centre Against Workplace Bullying UK
  • mobbing.ca (Mobbing resources in Canada)
  • Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies

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Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (727 words)
Humiliation is when you are put down and feel hurt because you deem being put down as a violation.
In collectivist contexts of honor, for example, humiliation is defined and experienced in ways that often contrast the ways humiliation is defined and experienced in contexts that emphasize the dignity of the individual.
And since feelings of humiliation carry the potential of leading to grave consequences, Lindner calls them the "nuclear bomb of the emotions," the results may range from breakdown of social relations to terrorism.
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