(also called stultification
) is the abasement of pride; mortification. The state of being humbled or reduced to lowliness or submission
. It is thus the process of being made humble
. It can be brought about through bullying
, physical or mental mistreatment
or trickery and embarrassment.
Humiliation of the self
can be sought alone as a means to de-emphasise the ego
, humiliation must involve other person(s), though not necessarily directly or willingly. Acting to humiliate yourself may be linked to a personal belief (as with mortification
of the flesh), or it can be part of erotic humiliation
where the belittling activity provides emotional and/or sexual arousal.
Humiliation of others
Humiliation by one person by another (the humiliator) is often used as a way of asserting power over them, and is a common form of oppression, bullying
. However, it can also be consensual
, as part of an agreement with a sex partner over erotic humiliation
. Whilst in either case, it may posssibly be motivated by sadism
, most often it is not. In a non sexual context humiliation may be used as a form of torture
or may even, as with bullying, not be a wholly conscious aim and may be seen(erroneously) by the humiliator as justifiable behaviour under the circumstances. Many punishments
are deliberately designed to be humiliating, e.g. tarring and feathering, pillory
, mark of infamy
) as a means of "making an example" of a persona and presenting a deterrent to others.
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.
In particular 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. Can also be defined as a "favorite" losing to a much less talented "underdog" team.