Some notes on Zizek's "Why do we Enjoy feeling Ashamed":
Robert Faller - 2 revelations on shame
How shame functions: shame comes from outside in contrast to guilt (guilt comes from inside - feelings)
Subject of Shame see's itself as an obscene excess, an element which lacks a defined place in the symbolic order. not from Failure, not being good enough. Shame comes on suddenly, overwhelms us all of a sudden... w/no rational way out. Is not triggered by a "not enough", but of a "too much".
Guilt (inner feeling), comes from rational argumentation, counter argumentation and the possibility of pardon
How shame changed in today's culture. It's no longer shame of failure or weakness, but of the shame of an obscene "too muchness", which can even be success itself. Subject just wants to disappear. Shame comes from below, not above.
Agency of innocent observer/ observance, pure appearance (attempt to prevent an innocent observer from noticing them, where the duty of the ego is to maintain the appearance to prevent innocent observer from noticing ... maintain a public secret fails... in ALL persons present.) As if Big other didn't notice 'til then. Comes on suddenly when as "as if we don't know" breaks down for all present. The proper reaction is to ignore event totally and pretend like the Big Other didn't notice. As with Stalinism. Need to protect appearances. Like Speaking the unwritten rule? As with post below this in China w/Hu Jintao & Xi, et al.
The "excess" which causes Shame comes from a surplus enjoyment, when doing something one secretly enjoys + I enjoy this shame itself.