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.

Relationships and Their Dilemmas

Relationships and their dilemmas

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  • Self-identity resides in the intersection between psychological (subjective) reality and social reality.
  • Self-identity emerges and unfolds as it confronts and lives through dilemmas of behaviour and problems of life. The core dilemma of separateness versus relatedness.
  • The undisclosed, private self and the normal asocial and anti-social sides of the self.
  • Communication, intimacy and self-identity.
  • Desire and relationships.

Personal identity is forged at the intersection between two distinct but overlapping universes or realities, that of individuals (psychological reality) and that of society, or social reality. These realities are interdependent -one couldn't exist without the other – but at the same time they have their own distinct characteristics. That the self is created in the subtle, combined effects of these different but connected realities ...

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