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0195325443
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Pub. Date:
01/04/2007
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Oxford University Press
Curse of the Self: Self-Awareness, Egotism, and the Quality of Human Life / Edition 1

Curse of the Self: Self-Awareness, Egotism, and the Quality of Human Life / Edition 1

by Mark R. Leary

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Curse of the Self: Self-Awareness, Egotism, and the Quality of Human Life / Edition 1

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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ISBN-13: 9780195325447
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 01/04/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 236
Sales rank: 677,231
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Mark R. Leary is Professor of Psychology at Duke University. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and former president of the International Society for Self and Identity. He was named by the Institute for Scientific Information as among the 25 most productive scholars in psychology (1986-1990).

Table of Contents

Preface.
1. The Self-Aware Animal
2. Living in Two Worlds
3. Through the Eyes of the Ego
4. Making Ourselves Miserable
5. When Selves Collide
6. Risking Life and Limb
7. Religion and Morality
8. The Self Out of Control
9. Bringing out the Best in the Self
Endnotes.
References.
Indexes.

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