Lecture 2 September 28, 2010 _Study of the Self_

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1 1 The Study of the Self Lecture #2 September 28, 2010 2 What is the Self? z Question has occupied philosophers, theologians, and social scientists for hundreds of years z Selfhood: “the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that arise from the awareness of self as object and agent.” (Hoyle et al., 1999) 3 Psychology of the Self z Goals of modern psychological study of the self. To understand: – What it means to have a self – How the self operates – The purpose of the self
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2 4 Psychology of the Self in Context Psychology Cognitive Psychology Biological Psychology Social/Personality Psychology Developmental Psychology Attitudes Social Cognition The Self Emotion Prejudice/ Stereotypes 5 The Bases of Selfhood (Baumeister, 1998) 1. Reflexive consciousness – people are self- aware 2. Interpersonal being – self is a member of groups and relationships 3. Executive function – enables self to make choices, initiate action, and exert control over self and world 6 Reflexive Consciousness z Nature and Definition of the Self z Self-Schemas and the Activation of Self Knowledge z Self-Structure and Affect z Self-Perception
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3 7 Interpersonal Being z Social Determinants of the Self z Relationships and Groups z Social Comparison z Self-Evaluative Motives 8 Executive Function z Self-Esteem: Defense and Maintenance z Self-Presentation z Self-Control and Self- Regulation z Goals and Motivation 9 Self vs. Personality Psychology z Distinct but related approaches z Subjective experience vs. Objective
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