Although self-inference processes -- the ways individuals make judgments about themselves -- have been studied in social psychology and sociology for many years, a distinct literature on this topic has not emerged due to the diversity of relevant issues. The editors of this current volume cull recent social psychological research and theory on self-inference processes and identify some of the common themes in this area of study.
The specific topics covered in this volume include:
` how people infer their emotions, personality traits, and body images from relevant information
* factors influencing the self-concept, identity, and self-standards
* the impact of self-inferences on interpersonal relations
* conditions motivating escape from the self
The book is written for researchers and graduate level students in clinical, social, developmental, health, and personality psychology.
"…their discussion of emerging research issues is well done, and does give the reader some sense that a distinct self-inference literature could develop….researchers interested in information processing, memory, persuasion, and especially self-concept will find new and thought-provoking ideas in several well-written chapters."
—Journal of Marketing Research
Contents: G.N. Sande, The Multifaceted Self. J.M. Olson, Self-Inference Processes in Emotion. T.D. Wilson, Self-Persuasion Via Self-Reflection. E.E. Jones, Constrained Behavior and Self-Concept Change. J. Polivy, C.P. Herman, P. Pliner, Perception and Evaluation of Body Image: The Meaning of Body Shape and Size. W. Turnbull, D.T. Miller, C. McFarland, Population- Distinctiveness, Identity, and Bonding. M. Ross, D. Holmberg, Recounting the Past: Gender Differences in the Recall of Events in the History of a Close Relationship. E. Tory Higgins, O. Tykocinski, J. Vookles, Patterns of Self-Beliefs: The Psychological Significance of Relations Among the Actual, Ideal, Ought, Can, and Future Selves. C.D. McCann, The Self and Interpersonal Relations. M.R. Lepper, L.G. Aspinwall, D.L. Mumme, R.W. Chabay, Self-Perception and Social-Perception Processes in Tutoring: Subtle Social Control Strategies of Expert Tutors. R.M. Sorrentino, C.J.R. Roney, Uncertainty Orientation: Individual Differences in the Self-Inference Process. R.F. Baumeister, Anxiety and Deconstruction: On Escaping the Self. J.M. Olson, C.L. Hafer, Self-Inference Processes: Looking Back and Ahead.