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Corrosion of Character

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

Identity has a temporal dimension in that we come to know others through repeated contact and social exchanges that happen over time. Everyday interactions inform what we expect and value in other people. Trust and reliability are by-products that are built out of predictable patterns of informal personal interaction. This is the case for everyday life in families and relationships, and it is also true for working life outside the home and family. But what happens when working relationships are frequently disrupted? How are people ...

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