1 The Study of the Self: Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Issues.- 2 Cultural Variation in the Self-Concept.- 3 Psychoanalytic Conceptions of the Self.- 4 A Model of the Determinants and Mediational Role of Self-Worth: Implications for Adolescent Depression and Suicidal Ideation.- 5 Disorders of Self: Myths, Metaphors, and the Demand Characteristics of Treatment.- 6 The Affirmational Versus Negational Self-Concepts.- 7 Toward a Comparative Psychology of Self-Awareness: Species Limitations and Cognitive Consequences.- 8 The Relational Self: A New Perspective for Understanding Women's Development.- 9 Development of the Self as Subject.- 10 Self-Regulation and the Self.- 11 The Nature of the Self in Autonomy and Relatedness.- 12 Assault on the Self: Positive Illusions and Adjustment to Threatening Events.- 13 Self, Awareness, and the Frontal Lobes: A Neuropsychological Perspective.
A truly remarkable explosion of interest in the self has taken place in the past two decades, in psychology and related disciplines. This book presents a wide range of recent work on the self, from self-awareness in chimpanzees to multiple-personality disorders, self-esteem in adolescents, as well as fundamental issues going back to the work of James, Cooley and others. Three main groups or clusters of themes emerge. The first cluster consists of chapters that discuss the organization and coherence of the self; the second one deals with self-awareness and self-deception; and the third one examines, in new ways, the question of the relationship between self and other. While it is difficult to predict exactly where future work on the self will lead scholars, this work points in some significant directions and provides a firm reference in the field.
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