How can you understand yourself? Where do your views, attitudes and values come from and why do they change? This accessible and illuminating book provides a reliable guide to these questions. The book: · Demonstrates that personal identity is formed around basic needs for security and self-esteem and the personal desires that flow from them · Shows the role of the emotions in personal life · Explores the limits of approaches that deny the existence of 'individuals' and 'personal experience' · Demonstrates how we build on everyday problems and dilemmas of life to shape our moods, attitudes and feelings. Shrewd and compelling, the book will be of interest to anyone studying Social Psychology and Sociology.



How much do you know about yourself? Do you know why some people and experiences make you feel frustrated and unhappy while others leave you feeling elated and energized? Do you feel that life is exciting and challenging, or do you think it's mostly a drag, full of unnecessary rules, restrictions and problems? Do you get on well with your parents, your mates, your boyfriend or girlfriend? Or do your relationships constantly provide you with headaches and heartaches?

How sensitive are you? Can you tell when your partner is in need of tender loving care, or do they have to make a big scene before you catch on? What are the greatest lows in your life, what are the greatest joys -and why do you ...

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