Curse of the Self Self-Awareness, Egotism, and the Quality of Human Life

ISBN-10: 0195325443

ISBN-13: 9780195325447

Edition: 2007

Authors: Mark R. Leary
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Description: Despite its obvious advantages, our ability to be self-reflective comes at a high price. Few people realize how profoundly their lives are affected by self-reflection or how frequently inner chatter interferes with their success, pollutes their relationships with others, and undermines their happiness. By allowing people to ruminate about the past or imagine what might happen in the future, self-reflection conjures up a great deal of personal suffering in the form of depression, anxiety, anger, jealousy, and other negative emotions. A great deal of unhappiness, in the form of addictions, overeating, and domestic violence, is due to people's inability to exert control over their thoughts and behavior. Is it possible to direct our self-reflection in a way that will minimize the disadvantages and maximize the advantages? Is there a way to affect the egotistical self through self-reflection? In this volume, Mark Leary explores the personal and social problems that are created by the capacity for self-reflection, and by drawing upon psychology and other behavioral sciences, offers insights into how these problems can be minimized.

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List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/4/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 236
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.70" tall
Weight: 0.990

Mark R. Leary, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at Wake Forest University. His research interests focus on social motivation and emotion, particularly processes involving the self. Dr. Leary has written or edited several previous books, including [i]Social Psychology and Dysfunctional Behavior[/i]; [i]Self Presentation: Impression Management and Interpersonal Behavior[/i]; [i]Social Anxiety[/i] (with R. M. Kowalski); [i]Interpersonal Rejection[/i]; and [i]Selfhood: Identity, Esteem, Regulation[/i]. He is also Editor of the journal [i]Self and Identity[/i]. June Price Tangney, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at George Mason University. She is coauthor (with Ronda Dearing) of [i]Shame and Guilt[/i] and coeditor (with Kurt Fischer) of [i]Self-Conscious Emotions: The Psychology of Shame, Guilt, Embarrassment, and Pride[/i]. Dr. Tangney is currently Associate Editor of [i]Self and Identity[/i] and Consulting Editor of [i]Journal of Personality and Social Psychology[/i], [i]Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin[/i], [i]Psychological Assessment[/i], [i]Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology[/i], and [i]Journal of Personality[/i]. Her research has been funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the John Templeton Foundation.

The Self-Aware Animal
Living in Two Worlds
Through the Eyes of the Ego
Making Ourselves Miserable
When Selves Collide
Risking Life and Limb
Religion and Morality
The Self Out of Control
Bringing Out the Best in the Self
Notes
Index
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