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Introduction: Why Cultural Psychology? Making the Human Condition Meaningful
Introduction: Why cultural psychology? Making the human condition meaningful

This book is about how we—human beings—make ourselves, and our world. We do so through being compulsive meaning-makers—whatever we encounter in our lives we need to make sense of, rather than only react to or act upon. Or even more precisely, as we react to and act upon the world in the middle of which we live, we construct it as meaningful for ourselves. And it is that meaningful way of living that is central to us.

Furthermore, our efforts are possible since this meaning construction habit has itself emerged as the major feature of our being a species—Homo sapiens—that can reflect upon others, and upon itself. Such self-reflexivity ...

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