On Building, Defending, and Regulating the Self: A Psychological Perspective

On Building, Defending, and Regulating the Self: A Psychological Perspective

On Building, Defending, and Regulating the Self: A Psychological Perspective

On Building, Defending, and Regulating the Self: A Psychological Perspective

Synopsis

This volume is about understanding the 'self' from a scientific perspective. The self is a well established research area in a variety of disciplines including clinical psychology, communication, developmental psychology, social psychology and sociology. This book pulls together, in one place, comprehensive and interesting descriptions of some of the most stimulating, newly emerging research programs on the self. Each chapter, by a leading authority in the field, describes a unique research program, based on solid empirical research. Contributing authors include a mix between established names and emerging researchers whose mark on the field will grow in years to come.

Excerpt

This is the third in a series of volumes sponsored by the International Society for Self and Identity (ISSI). Like those that came before (Tesser, Felson, & Suls, 2000; Tesser, Stapel, & Wood, 2002), this volume is intended to pull together and present in a single place some of the research that is currently leading scientific inquiry into aspects of self and identity.

Collecting a balanced set of such work is a difficult task-not because there is a paucity of research on the self but because productive and exciting investigations and research programs abound. They bubble up through numerous specialized and general journals and conferences. The task of picking from among these is daunting. We, the editors, sought suggestions from active researchers in the area and pooled our own expertise to boil down the list to a manageable number of programs of research that we all agreed were exciting and productive lines of inquiry.

Each chapter in this book provides a coherent point of view about an aspect of the self. Although the ratio of theory to data varies across chapters, each chapter is driven by a theoretical framework and each provides a review of at least some empirical work related to the theoretical ideas. In some cases the empirical work is new, not yet published elsewhere. Each chapter presents a story in progress-more remains to be done before the case is closed.

We are proud to present you with what we believe is a representative cross-section of cutting-edge research on the self. This collection should be useful to active researchers in the area and to students entering the field. The chapters are written in such a clear and engrossing way that the volume may even prove informative to readers with an interest in the area but with a less technical background.

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