Humiliation Day

Illustration by Steve Worthington

Illustration by Steve Worthington

Humiliation Day is celebrated on January 3rd of each year.  The staff at National Whatever Day were unable to determine the origin of Humiliation Day.  However, we believe it was established as a way to bring awareness to the negative conditions created by humiliation.

Humiliation (also called stultification) is the abasement of pride, which creates mortification or leads to a state of being humbled or reduced to lowliness or submission. It can be brought about through bullying, intimidation, physical or mental mistreatment or trickery, or by embarrassment if a person is revealed to have committed a socially or legally unacceptable act. Whereas humility can be sought alone as a means to de-emphasis 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, with some religions), or it can be part of erotic humiliation where the belittling activity provides emotional and/or sexual arousal or heightened sensation.

Humiliation is currently an active research topic, and is now seen as an important – and complex – core dynamic in human relationships, having implications at interpersonal, interpersonal, institutional and international levels.

Illustration Credit: Steve Worthington
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