Self and Identity

Self and Identity

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Although the study of the ‘Self’ has been a major theme throughout the history of psychology, it has really come in its own during the last half century. Because the nature of human selfhood remains both fascinating and elusive, many different approaches and contributions have been scattered through the journals over the years. This four-volume collection brings together a diverse assortment of the most important contributions in this area.

The collection includes classic, groundbreaking articles and recent, cutting-edge advances in articles that range from original, empirical investigations to conceptual pieces that build theory based on integrative reviews of the research literature.

The intention is to provide a broad resource that can be used by both beginners and experts worldwide who wish to have strong, useful access to ...

Editors' Introduction: What Do We Know about Self and Identity?
RoyF.Baumeister and KathleenD.Vohs

Psychologists have studied questions of self and identity for decades, but that has hardly been a steady, stable enterprise. Fundamental assumptions about what self and identity are have changed repeatedly, as have the methods for studying them. Although some might look on the history of self research as chaotic and discouraging, there has actually been ample progress. The diversity of ideas and approaches attests to the richness of the topic as well as its perennial power to fascinate.

What Is the Self?

The self is something that everyone knows but no one can define. In very simple terms, it is what you mean when you speak of “myself” or “yourself.” It is an active and ...

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