A Sense of Self: The Work of Affirmation

A Sense of Self: The Work of Affirmation

by Thomas J. Cottle
     
 

A clinical psychologist as well as a sociologist, Thomas J. Cottle is the author of more than twenty-five books. At the heart of his work is a concern with the problems confronted by ordinary people in their everyday lives, the kinds of issues that shape who we are and how we interact with the world around us.

In A Sense of Self, his focus is on affirmation, on

Overview

A clinical psychologist as well as a sociologist, Thomas J. Cottle is the author of more than twenty-five books. At the heart of his work is a concern with the problems confronted by ordinary people in their everyday lives, the kinds of issues that shape who we are and how we interact with the world around us.

In A Sense of Self, his focus is on affirmation, on that mysterious process by which the self comes to know itself in relation to others and forges an identity. He pays particular attention to the role of devotion, showing how the taking of responsibility for another is the essence of affirmation, which in turn is the fundamental ingredient in the development of a self.

University of Massachusetts Press

Editorial Reviews

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Cottle analyzes the role that affirmation and disaffirmation play in the development of self, quality of relationships, and quality of life. Extremely well grounded in literature and theory, this book is still accessible to a wide audience.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558495746
Publisher:
University of Massachusetts Press
Publication date:
10/25/2006
Edition description:
ANN
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Lane Conn

Cottle has written a tour de force, filled with ideas, insights, and questions. He tells an engrossing story of a notion called affirmation, of the power of its presence to light up our lives, and the power of its absence to plunge us into the darkness of despair.

Choice

Extremely well grounded in literature and theory, the book is still accessible to a wide audience.... If every human being would adopt this philosophy, the world would have far fewer problems. Valuable reading in a first course on the self, this study will also be valuable in a therapeutic environment and to parents assisting their child in becoming his/her own person.

Jeffrey Berman

The highest praise I can give to a book is to say to myself, 'I wish I had written this.' Every page contains important insights, lucidly and often elegantly expressed. A Sense of Self is learned without being pedantic, and synthetic without being overly general. Cottle's voice is strong, original, and unique.

Meet the Author

Thomas J. Cottle is professor of education at Boston University and author of numerous books, including At Peril: Stories of Injustice (University of Massachusetts Press, 2000).

University of Massachusetts Press

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