Social and personal identity: understanding yourself

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SAGE, Mar 27, 2004 - Psychology - 167 pages
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How can you understand yourself? Where do your views, attitudes and values come from and why do they change? This accessible and illuminating book provides a reliable guide to these questions. The book:

Demonstrates that personal identity is formed around

basic needs for security and self-esteem and the personal

desires that flow from them

Shows the role of the emotions in personal life

Explores the limits of approaches that deny the existence

of 'individuals' and 'personal experience'

Demonstrates how we build on everyday problems and

dilemmas of life to shape our moods, attitudes and feelings.

Shrewd and compelling, the book will be of interest to anyone studying Social Psychology and Sociology.

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Contents

Understanding YourSelf
7
Emotional Needs and Desires
29
Your Controlling Heart
46
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