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Overview

Widely regarded as the authoritative reference in the field, this volume comprehensively reviews theory and research on the self. Leading investigators address this essential construct at multiple levels of analysis, from neural pathways to complex social and cultural dynamics. Coverage includes how individuals gain self-awareness, agency, and a sense of identity; self-related motivation and emotion; the role of the self in interpersonal behavior; and self-development across evolutionary time and the lifespan. Connections between self-processes and psychological problems are also addressed.

New to This Edition

Incorporates significant theoretical and empirical advances.
Nine entirely new chapters.
Coverage of the social and cognitive neuroscience of self-processes; self-regulation and health; self and emotion; and hypoegoic states, such as mindfulness.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This book, an update of the 2002 first edition, discusses the importance of the self, how people see themselves, their thoughts and feelings, and how these factors influence their behavior. This perspective is in contrast to the behaviorist movement, which was prevalent in the 20th century.
Purpose: According to the preface, the second edition adds nine new chapters in "an effort to offer updated reviews of well-established areas of self research and to present coverage of topics that have blossomed since the earlier edition."
Audience: Although the editors do not say specifically identify an audience, the book is appropriate for clinicians and researchers in clinical/counseling psychology, psychiatry, and social work. The two editors are authorities in this area. Mark R. Leary, professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University, researches emotional self-reflection and psychological well-being, and June Price Tangney, professor of psychology at George Mason University, conducts research on moral emotions among prison inmates. The contributors represent institutions in the U.S., the U.K., and Switzerland.
Features: An introductory chapter examines the various meanings of self and the importance of considering the cultural context. Part I explores how people develop and process information about themselves and discusses self-control and multiple identities in relation to institutional affiliations and social roles. Part II considers motivation and emotion, "hot self-processes" that increase self-focus and can result in self-evaluation that may result in various emotional states including guilt, shame, and/or pride. The authors address cultural issues in part III that involve interpersonal relationships and how the self is affected. Finally, part IV details brain processes and how neuroscientists study concepts such as self-reflection, self-knowledge, and self-regulation. The book is fairly complex, which is to be expected since the subject matter is somewhat esoteric. I found it surprising that there were so few figures and tables.
Assessment: This is a well-written book by influential authors who are experts in this field. They have taken on a topic first discussed by William James in his 1890 book, Principles of Psychology, and added important research. This second edition is needed because of the advances in the 10 years since the first edition. It is an important book for researchers and clinicians.
Choice Reviews
"Highly recommended."--Choice Reviews (on the first edition)
From The Critics
Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This book, an update of the 2002 first edition, discusses the importance of the self, how people see themselves, their thoughts and feelings, and how these factors influence their behavior. This perspective is in contrast to the behaviorist movement, which was prevalent in the 20th century.
Purpose: According to the preface, the second edition adds nine new chapters in "an effort to offer updated reviews of well-established areas of self research and to present coverage of topics that have blossomed since the earlier edition.
Audience: Although the editors do not say specifically identify an audience, the book is appropriate for clinicians and researchers in clinical/counseling psychology, psychiatry, and social work. The two editors are authorities in this area. Mark R. Leary, professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University, researches emotional self-reflection and psychological well-being, and June Price Tangney, professor of psychology at George Mason University, conducts research on moral emotions among prison inmates. The contributors represent institutions in the U.S., the U.K., and Switzerland.
Features: An introductory chapter examines the various meanings of self and the importance of considering the cultural context. Part I explores how people develop and process information about themselves and discusses self-control and multiple identities in relation to institutional affiliations and social roles. Part II considers motivation and emotion, "hot self-processes" that increase self-focus and can result in self-evaluation that may result in various emotional states including guilt, shame, and/or pride. The authors address cultural issues in part III that involve interpersonal relationships and how the self is affected. Finally, part IV details brain processes and how neuroscientists study concepts such as self-reflection, self-knowledge, and self-regulation. The book is fairly complex, which is to be expected since the subject matter is somewhat esoteric. I found it surprising that there were so few figures and tables.
Assessment: This is a well-written book by influential authors who are experts in this field. They have taken on a topic first discussed by William James in his 1890 book, Principles of Psychology, and added important research. This second edition is needed because of the advances in the 10 years since the first edition. It is an important book for researchers and clinicians.
From the Publisher

"Take the world’s leading authorities on the psychology of the self and ask them to write about what they know best, and you have the Handbook of Self and Identity. Now in its second edition, this remarkable handbook offers the first and last word on this important subject."--Daniel Gilbert, PhD, Department of Psychology, Harvard University
  "Building on the strengths of the first edition, the editors have assembled an all-star team of experts to address classic topics and emerging areas of inquiry into the many and varied facets of self and identity.  Bringing together individual and social perspectives, this handbook serves as a powerful reminder that self and identity are rooted in biological, social, and cultural contexts, and have far-reaching consequences for how people think, feel, and act as individuals and as members of relationships and groups.  Quite simply, this handbook is a 'must read.'"--Mark Snyder, PhD, McKnight Presidential Chair in Psychology, University of Minnesota

"Understanding the nature of self--what it is and what it does--has challenged scholars for many centuries. Scientific progress in understanding the nature of self was stifled by the inherent subjectivity and ambiguity that plagued much of the early research on the topic. Fortunately, the last few decades have witnessed major strides in the scientific understanding of self-relevant processes. In this second edition, Leary and Tangney have assembled a stellar group of authors who have made important contributions to understanding the nature of self, from its biological foundations to its developmental and cultural influences. This book will serve as an invaluable resource for students and scholars alike, and it belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in self and identity."--Todd F. Heatherton, PhD, Lincoln Filene Professor in Human Relations, Dartmouth College

"I was tempted to assign nearly every chapter of this volume in my graduate Self and Identity class. Each chapter is cogent, neatly summarizes past work, and provides insights into future directions. The Handbook has been an outstanding text for this course."--Jeffrey Green, PhD, Department of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University

Psychiatric Services

"Handbook of Self and Identity is dynamite....Almost every finding relates uncannily to the issues my patients bring to sessions....The editors' care and scrutiny are evident throughout this attractive volume. The book is well-organized, well-indexed, and easy to read."--Psychiatric Services
PsycCRITIQUES

"Provides a useful overview for advanced students and researchers interested in the self, and, more important, some needed perspective on the way forward."--PsycCRITIQUES
Metapsychology Online Reviews

"This is a very useful collection of essays for the researchers and academicians in philosophy, cognitive science and neuroscience as well as in psychology and especially in social and cognitive psychology....A very timely and valuable contribution to the current interdisciplinary discussions of the self, especially given the recent upsurge in theoretical and empirical interest in self-related topics. I recommend this book for anyone who wants to have a broader understanding of the self and how our identities are shaped in a social, historical, psychological and neurological point of view."--Metapsychology Online Reviews
PsycCRITIQUES

"Provides a useful overview for advanced students and researchers interested in the self, and, more important, some needed perspective on the way forward."--PsycCRITIQUES
Psychiatric Services

"Handbook of Self and Identity is dynamite....Almost every finding relates uncannily to the issues my patients bring to sessions....The editors' care and scrutiny are evident throughout this attractive volume. The book is well-organized, well-indexed, and easy to read."--Psychiatric Services
From the Publisher

"Take the world’s leading authorities on the psychology of the self and ask them to write about what they know best, and you have the Handbook of Self and Identity. Now in its second edition, this remarkable handbook offers the first and last word on this important subject."--Daniel Gilbert, PhD, Department of Psychology, Harvard University

"Building on the strengths of the first edition, the editors have assembled an all-star team of experts to address classic topics and emerging areas of inquiry into the many and varied facets of self and identity.  Bringing together individual and social perspectives, this handbook serves as a powerful reminder that self and identity are rooted in biological, social, and cultural contexts, and have far-reaching consequences for how people think, feel, and act as individuals and as members of relationships and groups.  Quite simply, this handbook is a 'must read.'"--Mark Snyder, PhD, McKnight Presidential Chair in Psychology, University of Minnesota

"Understanding the nature of self--what it is and what it does--has challenged scholars for many centuries. Scientific progress in understanding the nature of self was stifled by the inherent subjectivity and ambiguity that plagued much of the early research on the topic. Fortunately, the last few decades have witnessed major strides in the scientific understanding of self-relevant processes. In this second edition, Leary and Tangney have assembled a stellar group of authors who have made important contributions to understanding the nature of self, from its biological foundations to its developmental and cultural influences. This book will serve as an invaluable resource for students and scholars alike, and it belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in self and identity."--Todd F. Heatherton, PhD, Lincoln Filene Professor in Human Relations, Dartmouth College

"I was tempted to assign nearly every chapter of this volume in my graduate Self and Identity class. Each chapter is cogent, neatly summarizes past work, and provides insights into future directions. The Handbook has been an outstanding text for this course."--Jeffrey Green, PhD, Department of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University

Metapsychology Online Reviews

"This is a very useful collection of essays for the researchers and academicians in philosophy, cognitive science and neuroscience as well as in psychology and especially in social and cognitive psychology....A very timely and valuable contribution to the current interdisciplinary discussions of the self, especially given the recent upsurge in theoretical and empirical interest in self-related topics. I recommend this book for anyone who wants to have a broader understanding of the self and how our identities are shaped in a social, historical, psychological and neurological point of view."--Metapsychology Online Reviews
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781462503056
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/26/2012
  • Edition description: Second Edition, Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 770
  • Sales rank: 1,227,352
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark R. Leary, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. His research focuses on the processes by which people think about and evaluate themselves; the effects of self-reflection on emotion and psychological well-being; and how people are influenced by concerns about how they are perceived and evaluated by others. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and a recipient of the Lifetime Career Award from the International Society for Self and Identity. Dr. Leary was the founding editor of the journal Self and Identity and is currently Editor of Personality and Social Psychology Review.
 
June Price Tangney, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at George Mason University. A Fellow of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and of the Association for Psychological Science, she is Associate Editor of American Psychologist. Dr. Tangney’s primary research interest is the development and implications of moral emotions; her current work focuses on moral emotions among incarcerated offenders. A recipient of George Mason University’s Teaching Excellence Award, she strives to integrate service, teaching, and clinically relevant research in both the classroom and her lab.

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Table of Contents

1. The Self as an Organizing Construct in the Behavioral and Social Sciences, Mark R. Leary and June Price Tangney
I. Awareness, Cognition, and Regulation
2. Self as Psycho-Social Dynamic Processing System: Toward a Converging Science of Selfhood, Carolyn C. Morf and Walter Mischel
3. Self-Awareness, Charles S. Carver
4. Self, Self-Concept, and Identity, Daphna Oyserman, Kristen Elmore, and George Smith
5. Organization of Self-Knowledge: Features, Functions, and Flexibility, Carolin J. Showers and Virgil Zeigler-Hill
6. Reflected Appraisal through a 21st-Century Looking Glass, Harry M. Wallace and Dianne M. Tice
7. Expandable Selves, Gregory M. Walton, David Paunesku, and Carol S. Dweck
8. Implicit Self and Identity, Thierry Devos, Que-Lam Huynh, and Mahzarin R. Banaji
9. Self-Regulation and the Executive Function of the Self, Roy F. Baumeister and Kathleen D. Vohs
10. Self-Efficacy, James E. Maddux and Jennifer T. Gosselin
11. Multiple Identities within a Single Self: A Self-Determination Theory Perspective on Internalization within Contexts and Cultures, Richard M. Ryan and Edward L. Deci
12. Self-Regulation Failure and Health: Pathways to Mental and Physical Illness, Timothy J. Strauman and Elena L. Goetz
13. Hypo-Egoic Mindsets: Antecedents and Implications of Quieting the Self, Mark R. Leary and Meredith L. Terry
II. Evaluation, Motivation, and Emotion
14. Social Self-Analysis: Constructing and Maintaining Personal Identity, Mark D. Alicke, Corey L. Guenther, and Ethan Zell
15. Contingencies of Self-Worth, Jennifer Crocker and Lora E. Park
16. Self-Protection, Constantine Sedikides
17. Individual Differences in Self-Esteem, Geoff MacDonald and Mark R. Leary
18. Freedom versus Fear Revisited: An Integrative Analysis of the Dynamics of the Defense and Growth of Self, Tom Pyszczynski, Jeff Greenberg, and Jamie Arndt
19. Self-Verification: The Search for Coherence, William B. Swann, Jr., and Michael D. Buhrmester
20. Self and Emotion, Paul J. Silvia and Kari M. Eddington
21. Self-Conscious Emotions, June Price Tangney and Jessica Tracy
III. Interpersonal Behavior and Culture
22. The Relation of Self to Social Perception, David Dunning
23. Social Identity and the Psychology of Groups, Michael A. Hogg
24. Self and Close Relationships, Arthur Aron and Natalie Nardone
25. Self-Presentation, Barry R. Schlenker
26. Contemporary Perspectives on Narcissism and the Narcissistic Personality Type, Frederick Rhodewalt
27. Cultural Models of the Self, Susan E. Cross and Jonathan S. Gore
IV. Physiological, Phylogenetic, and Developmental Perspectives
28. The Two Selves: The Self of Conscious Experience and Its Brain, Stanley B. Klein
29. A Social Neuroscience Perspective on the Self, Jennifer S. Beer
30. Self-Recognition in Animals, Robert W. Mitchell
31. Emerging Self-Processes during Childhood and Adolescence, Susan Harter

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