Others in Mind Social Origins of Self-Consciousness

ISBN-10: 0521729653
ISBN-13: 9780521729659
Edition: 2009
Authors: Philippe Rochat
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Book details

Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/9/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Why are we so prone to guilt and embarrassment? Why do we care so much about how others see us, about our reputation? What are the origins of such afflictions? Philippe Rochat argues that it is because we are members of a species that evolved the unique propensity to reflect upon themselves as an object of thoughts; an object of thoughts that is potentially evaluated by others. But, the argument goes, this propensity comes from a basic fear: the fear of rejection, of being socially "banned" and ostracized. Others in Mind is about self-consciousness, how it originates and how it shapes our lives. Self-consciousness is arguably the most important and revealing of all psychological problems.

Philippe Rochat is Professor of Psychology at Emory University.

Foreword
Preface
Introduction: Main Ideas
Self-Conscious Species
Six Propositions
Varieties of Self-Reflective Mind State
Mind States in Development
Birth of Self-Consciousness
Shame and Self-Knowledge
The Roots of Guilt
Giving and Sharing
Origins of Owning and Sharing
Social Construction of Identity
Conclusion: Moral Space and the Self
Postscript Note
References
Index

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