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.

Your Controlling Heart

Your controlling heart

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  • The nature of desire and its link with self-control and interpersonal control.
  • The importance of benign control for the satisfaction of desire and emotional and psychological needs.
  • Emotional intelligence and self-control. Avoiding helplessness through positivity and making a difference.
  • Dealing with uncertainty and unpredictability.

At first sight it may be difficult to accept you are esentially a creature of control. But be reassured that this doesn't mean you are any less capable of care or compassion. In fact, the opposite is the case. Qualities like care and compassion actually depend on being able to control and influence others! To understand this properly we have to revise what we traditionally mean by control (and power). We must set aside the conventional view of control ...

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