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Handbook of Self and Identity

2nd Edition

Edited by Mark R. Leary, June Price Tangney

© 2012 – Guilford Press

754 pages

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About the Book

Widely regarded as the authoritative reference in the field, this volume comprehensively reviews theory and research on the self. Leading investigators address this essential construct at multiple levels of analysis, from neural pathways to complex social and cultural dynamics. Coverage includes how individuals gain self-awareness, agency, and a sense of identity; self-related motivation and emotion; the role of the self in interpersonal behavior; and self-development across evolutionary time and the lifespan. Connections between self-processes and psychological problems are also addressed.

New to this edition:

  • incorporates significant theoretical and empirical advances
  • nine entirely new chapters
  • coverage of the social and cognitive neuroscience of self-processes; self-regulation and health; self and emotion; and hypoegoic states, such as mindfulness.

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"Take the world’s leading authorities on the psychology of the self and ask them to write about what they know best, and you have the Handbook of Self and Identity. Now in its second edition, this remarkable handbook offers the first and last word on this important subject."--Daniel Gilbert, PhD, Department of Psychology, Harvard University

"Building on the strengths of the first edition, the editors have assembled an all-star team of experts to address classic topics and emerging areas of inquiry into the many and varied facets of self and identity.  Bringing together individual and social perspectives, this handbook serves as a powerful reminder that self and identity are rooted in biological, social, and cultural contexts, and have far-reaching consequences for how people think, feel, and act as individuals and as members of relationships and groups.  Quite simply, this handbook is a 'must read.'"--Mark Snyder, PhD, McKnight Presidential Chair in Psychology, University of Minnesota

"Understanding the nature of self--what it is and what it does--has challenged scholars for many centuries. Scientific progress in understanding the nature of self was stifled by the inherent subjectivity and ambiguity that plagued much of the early research on the topic. Fortunately, the last few decades have witnessed major strides in the scientific understanding of self-relevant processes. In this second edition, Leary and Tangney have assembled a stellar group of authors who have made important contributions to understanding the nature of self, from its biological foundations to its developmental and cultural influences. This book will serve as an invaluable resource for students and scholars alike, and it belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in self and identity."--Todd F. Heatherton, PhD, Lincoln Filene Professor in Human Relations, Dartmouth College

"I was tempted to assign nearly every chapter of this volume in my graduate Self and Identity class. Each chapter is cogent, neatly summarizes past work, and provides insights into future directions. The Handbook has been an outstanding text for this course."--Jeffrey Green, PhD, Department of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University

Table of Contents

M.R. Leary, J.P. Tagney, The Self as an Organizing Construct in the Behavioral and Social Sciences. Part 1. Awareness, Cognition, and Regulation. C.C. Morf, W. Mischel, Self as Psychosocial Dynamic Processing System: Toward a Converging Science of Selfhood. C.S. Carver, Self-Awareness. D. Oyserman, K. Elmore, G. Smith, Self, Self-Concept, and Identity, Daphna Oyserman. C.J. Showers, V. Ziegler-Hill, Organization of Self-Knowledge: Features, Functions, and Flexibility. H.M. Wallace, D.M. Tice, Reflected Appraisal through a 21st Century Looking Glass. G.M. Walton, D. Paunesku, C.S. Dweck, Expandable Selves. Q.L. Huynh, M.R. Banaji, Implicit Self and Identity, Thierry Devos. R.F. Baumeister, K.D. Vohs, Self-Regulation and the Executive Function of the Self. J.E. Maddux, J.T. Gosselin, Self-Efficacy. R.M. Ryan, E.L. Deci, Multiple Identities within a Single Self: A Self-Determination Theory Perspective on Internalization within Contexts and Cultures. T.J. Strauman, E.L. Goetz, Self-Regulation Failure and Health: Pathways to Mental and Physical Illness. M.R. Leary, M.L. Terry, Hypoegoic Mindsets: Antecedents and Implications of Quieting the Self. Part 2. Evaluation, Motivation, and Emotion. M.D. Alicke, C.L. Guenther, E. Zell, Social Self-Analysis: Constructing and Maintaining Personal Identity. J. Crocker, L.E. Park, Contingencies of Self-Worth. C. Sedikides, Self-Protection. G. MacDonald, M.R. Leary, Individual Differences in Self-Esteem. T. Pyszczynski, J. Greenberg, J. Arndt, Freedom versus Fear Revisited: An Integrative Analysis of the Dynamics of the Defense and Growth of Self. W.B. Swann, Jr., M.D. Buhrmester, Self-Verification: The Search for Coherence. p.J. Silvia, K.M. Eddington, Self and Emotion. J.P. Tangney, J. Tracy, Self-Conscious Emotions. Part 3. Interpersonal Behavior and Culture. D. Dunning, The Relation of Self to Social Perception. M.A. Hogg, Social Identity and the Psychology of Groups. A. Aron, N. Nardone, Self and Close Relationships. B.R. Schlenker, Self-Presentation, Barry R. Schlenker. F. Rhodewalt, Contemporary Perspectives on Narcissism and the Narcissistic Personality Type. S.E. Cross, J.S. Gore, Cultural Models of the Self. Part 4. Physiological, Phylogenetic, and Developmental Perspectives. S.B. Klein, The Two Selves: The Self of Conscious Experience and Its Brain. J.S. Beer, A Social Neuroscience Perspective on the Self. R.W. Mitchell, Self-Recognition in Animals. S. Harter, Emerging Self-Processes during Childhood and Adolescence.

About the Editors

Mark R. Leary, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. His research focuses on the processes by which people think about and evaluate themselves; the effects of self-reflection on emotion and psychological well-being; and how people are influenced by concerns about how they are perceived and evaluated by others. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and a recipient of the Lifetime Career Award from the International Society for Self and Identity. Dr. Leary was the founding editor of the journal Self and Identity and is currently Editor of Personality and Social Psychology Review.

June Price Tangney, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at George Mason University. A Fellow of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and of the Association for Psychological Science, she is Associate Editor of American Psychologist. Dr. Tangney’s primary research interest is the development and implications of moral emotions; her current work focuses on moral emotions among incarcerated offenders. A recipient of George Mason University’s Teaching Excellence Award, she strives to integrate service, teaching, and clinically relevant research in both the classroom and her lab.

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