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The Social Self

Cognitive, Interpersonal and Intergroup Perspectives, 1st Edition

Edited by Joseph P. Forgas, Kipling D. Williams

Psychology Press

424 pages | 47 Color Illus.

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What is the nature of the 'self', how do everyday experiences shape it, and how does it influence our thinking, judgements and behaviors? Such questions constitute enduring puzzles in psychology, and are also of critical practical importance for applied domains such as clinical, counseling, educational and organizational psychology. In this book a select group of eminent international researchers survey the most recent advances in research of the self. In particular, they discuss the influence of cognitive and intra-psychic processes (Part 1), interpersonal and relational variables (Part 2), and inter-group phenomena on the self (Part 3).


"This volume not only contains a collection of outstanding papers on the self by world-renowned experts, but it also presents a unified message about the importance of integrating the different levels in which the self functions. Interrelations among the individual self, the interpersonal self, and the collective self are examined conceptually and empirically. Those of us who are fascinated with how the self is constructed, maintained, and impact our everyday lives will find this volume enlightening and "must" reading. Because the issues addressed in this volume are so central to the interface between self-regulation and social regulation, the appeal and significance of this volume is even broader. All those interested in the social foundations of motivation will find this book highly rewarding up. Tory Higgins."

"This collection showcases a fine array of recent social psychological research on the self. The focus here is explicitly social-examining self as a feature of the person's mind that is the hub of social relationships, a natural psychological link to specific others, to groups, and to social life. The volume reveals that the current study of the social self is vigorous and wide-ranging." -- Daniel Wegner, Harvard University

Table of Contents

1. The Social Self: Introduction and Overview, Joseph P. Forgas and Kipling D. Williams

I. Individual and Intrapsychic Aspects of the Self

2. Overlapping Mental Representations of Self and Group: Evidence and Implications, Eliot R. Smith

3. Egocentrism and the Social Self: Anchoring (and Adjustment) in Self and Social Judgments, Thomas Gilovich

4. Judgment Standards and the Social Self: A Shifting Standards Perspective, Monica Biernat, Scott Eidelman and Kathleen Fuegen

5. Affective Influences on Self-Perception and Self-Disclosure, Joseph P. Forgas and Stephanie J. Moylan

6. Positioning Self-Handicapping within the Self-Zoo: Just What Kind of Animal Are We Dealing With? Edward R. Hirt and Sean M. McCrea

7. Self-Handicapping and the Social Self: The Cost and Rewards of Interpersonal Self-Construction, Frederick Rhodewalt and Michael Tragakis

II. Interpersonal and Relational Aspects of the Self

8. The Interperonal Basis of Self-Esteem: Death, Devaluation, or Deference? Mark Leary

9. The Inner World of Rejection: Effects of Social Exclusion on Emotion, Cognition, and Self-Regulation, Roy F. Baumeister, Jean M. Twenge and Natalie Ciarocco

10. Threatened Selves: The Effects of Social Exclusion on Prosocial and Antisocial Behavior, Dianne M. Tice, Jean M. Twenge and Brandon J. Schmeichel

11. The Social Self and the Social Other: Actor-Observer Asymmetrics in Making Sense of Behavior, Bertram F. Malle

12. The Social Self in Subjective versus Intersubjective Research Paradigms, William Ickes

13. Facework and Emotion Work: The Role of Positive Facial Expression in Constituting the Social Self, Marianne LaFrance

14. Interpersonal Dynamics of the Self: The Doubly Distributed Approach, Yoshihisa Kashima, Emiko Kashima and Anna Clark

III. Intergroup, Collective, and Cultural Aspects of the Self

15. The Social Self and Group Identification: Inclusion and Distinctiveness Motives in Interpersonal and Collective Identities, Marilynn B. Brewer and Cynthia L. Pickett

16. I am Positive and So Are We: The Self as Determinant of Favoritism toward Novel Ingroups, Sabine Otten

17. Adapting the Self to Local Group Norms: Internalizing the Suppression of Prejudice, Christian S. Crandall, Laurie T. O'Brien and Amy Eshleman

18. Intergroup Emotions and the Social Self: Prejudice Reconceptualized as Differentiated Reactions to Outgroups, Diane M. Mackie and Eliot R. Smith

19. Dissonance Arousal and the Collective Self: Vicarious Experience of Dissonance Based on Shared Group Membership, Joel Cooper and Michael Hogg

20. Including Other (and Groups) in the Self: Self-Expansion and Intergroup Relations, Stephen C. Wright, Art Aron and Linda R. Tropp

21. Putting Our Selves Together: Integrative Themes and Lingering Questions, Constantine Sedikides

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Series

Sydney Symposium of Social Psychology

The aim of the Sydney Symposia of Social Psychology is to provide new, integrative insights into key areas of contemporary research. Held every year at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, each symposium deals with an important integrative theme in social psychology, and the invited participants are leading researchers in the field from around the world. Each contribution is extensively discussed during the symposium and is subsequently thoroughly revised into book chapters that are published in the volumes in this series.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology