Pub. date: 2007 | Online Pub. Date: October 03, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412956253 | Print ISBN: 9781412916707 | Online ISBN: 9781412956253| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
W. Keith Campbell & Amy B. Brunell
Ego shock refers to feeling mentally paralyzed or frozen in response to severe self-esteem threats. Individuals in a state of ego shock have trouble thinking; they feel distant from themselves; the world seems distant or strange; they feel emotionally numb. The experience of ego shock is temporary, usually only lasting for seconds or minutes. Ego shock typically occurs when individuals experience extreme blows to their self-esteem. One of the most common causes of ego shock is rejection by friends or romantic partners. For example, having a girlfriend or boyfriend unexpectedly say that you are worthless and ugly might lead to an experience of ego ...