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.

The Self as Emergent Narrative

The self as emergent narrative

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  • Self-identity is a continuously realized emergent narrative rather than a ‘reflexive project’ or ‘revisable narrative’.
  • The circuit of social and psychological influences that condition the process of self-realization, including the emotional and control motifs of the self.
  • The social pathways of self-realization.

In this final chapter I draw together the most significant themes, issues and ideas about the self raised in this book. In so doing I want to outline a view of the self as a process of ‘self-realization’ which can otherwise be thought of as a continuously emergent narrative. To do this I shall develop and elaborate on the relatively simple model mentioned in Chapter 6. There, the self was understood as continuously created and recreated ...

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