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Its Nature and Development

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ISBN 9781572303171
Published June 30, 1998 by Guilford Press
430 Pages

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Book Description

This integrative volume brings together leading social scientists to present diverse perspectives on the emergence, development, and practical role of self-awareness. Shedding light on the fundamental question of how human beings come to understand who we are--in relation to ourselves, to others, and to the broader world--the book does justice to the complexity of its subject while remaining accessible to readers in a wide range of disciplines. Chapters cover such topics as developmental and evolutionary aspects of self-awareness; the self, consciousness, and theory of mind; and connections between self-awareness and social, affective, academic, and neuropsychological functioning.

Table of Contents

I. Definitions and Underpinnings of Self-Awareness
1. The Mind and Education, Searle
2. Consciousness and Self-Awareness, Natsoulas
II. The Evolution of Self-Awareness
3. When Self Met Other, Povinelli and Prince
4. A Social Model for the Evolution and Adaptive Significance of Self-Conscious Emotions, Parker
III. Development of Self-Awareness across the Lifespan
5. Is There a Self in Infancy?, Kagan
6. Inching toward a Mature Theory of Mind, Chandler and Carpendale
7. Self-Awareness and Social Intelligence: Web Pages, Search Engines, and Navigational Control, Ford and Maher
8. Personal Navigation, Sternberg and Spear-Swerling
9. The Developing Self-System and Self-Regulation of Primary School Children, Bouffard and Vezeau
10. The Brain, the Me, and the I, Pribram and Bradley
11. Narrative and Metanarrative in the Construction of Self, Bruner and Kalmar
12. The Development of Self through the Coordination of Component Systems, Mascolo and Fischer
IV. Integration and Conclusion
13. Being and Becoming Self-Aware, Ferrari

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Michel Ferrari , PhD , University of Pittsburgh

Robert J. Sternberg ,PhD , Yale University.


"An excellent introduction to the burgeoning field of research on the development of the self. Bringing together leaders in philosophy, comparative psychology, and developmental psychology, and carefully sequencing their contributions, the editors provide a fascinating road map to the complexities of self-awareness, its development, and its centrality in any discussion about human nature itself." -- Michael Cole, PhD, Communication Department and Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition, University of California, La Jolla