On Dignity and Humiliation

Evelin Lindner has explored the theme of humiliation, or what she calls "the nuclear bomb of the emotions," for 40 years.

Evelin Lindner

Evelin Lindner.

From terrorism, war, and genocide to hatefully polarized societies to bullying and domestic violence, they often have their roots in the same dynamics of humiliation. How many of the world problems can be explained by humiliation? What happens when people feel humiliated or trampled on? If dignity is an antidote to humiliation, how can dignity be promoted?

Does a country like Norway carry a particular responsibility? Is the cultural heritage of Norway of any significance, the heritage of likeverd, dugnad, and global responsibility (Fridtjof Nansen)? What is the role of academia in this context? What is the position of psychology as a field of inquiry and as a practice?

This talk is based on Evelin Lindner's most recent book titled Honor, Humiliation, and Terror published in 2017.

About the Lecturer

Evelin Lindner has a dual education as a Medical Doctor and a Psychologist, with a Ph.D. in Medicine from the University in Hamburg in Germany, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the Department of Psychology at the University of Oslo.

She is the founding president of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS), a global transdisciplinary community of concerned academics and practitioners who wish to promote dignity and transcend humiliation around the world.

She is also co-founder of the World Dignity University initiative, including Dignity Press and World Dignity University Press. All initiatives are not-for-profit efforts.

Her first book, based on her doctoral dissertation in psychology, Making Enemies: Humiliation and International Conflict, was honored as "Outstanding Academic Title" by the journal Choice in 2007. Desmond Tutu wrote the Foreword for her third book Gender, Humiliation, and Global Security. Her fourth book A Dignity Economy came out in 2012, and her fifth book Honor, Humiliation, and Terror came out in 2017.

A full list of Evelin’s publications is available on the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies website.

Published Jan. 19, 2018 11:17 AM - Last modified Jan. 19, 2018 11:17 AM