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This textbook examines major theories of personality as they apply to an understanding of our past, present and future selves. Unlike traditional personality textbooks that merely present a succession of different theories, this student-centred volume examines how theories of personality have a bearing on questions that are relevant across the lifespan. A question-and-answer format invites students to approach personality psychology with an active attitude of critical inquiry in their search for objective knowledge and self-discovery. Throughout the text, students are encouraged to evaluate each theory in terms of how much it contributes to an understanding of their own personalities and lives. An instructor's manual is ava

Identity and Self-Esteem: Who Am I? Why is it Important for Me to like Myself?
Identity and self-esteem: Who am I? Why is it important for me to like myself?

Can you recall when you first became aware of your self, that is, became self-conscious? My earliest memory is of an event that occurred when I was about 4 years old. At that point I was already self-conscious, as are all children. But I do not remember precisely when I initially became self-aware, nor what that experience was like. Whenever it originated, our sense of identity and feelings about our self-worth are essential parts of our present selves.


The personal self …might be treated as the immediate datum in psychology. The universal conscious fact is not feelings ...

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