A Sense of Self: The Work of Affirmation

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Univ of Massachusetts Press, 2006 - Psychology - 209 pages
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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.

 

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Contents

The Act of Affirmation
3
The Relational Aspect of Affirmation
24
PART II
43
The Gaze of Affirmation
45
The Miraculous Stranger
60
The Construction of Affirmation
95
PART III
123
Average Expectable Environments
125
The Affirmation Curriculum
153
Notes
169
References
193
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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).

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