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.

Desire, Influence and Control

Desire, influence and control

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  • Three types of interpersonal control: how benign control compares with the ‘stolen’ and ‘exploitative’ types.
  • The varieties of benign control and the interpersonal strategies associated with them.
  • The ways in which we attempt to satisfy our emotional and psychological needs as expressions of self-identity.

In Chapter 3 I suggested that to be a balanced, mentally healthy person certain emotional needs must be attended to and satisfied. One of these was the feeling of being in control or having some control over yourself, your personal relationships and your life as it unfolds. If you feel that things are ‘out of control’ or that you don't have any control in certain relationships, for example, with your partner or your boss, then you ...

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