07-Losing Control.ppt

07-Losing Control.ppt - Escaping the Self Escape by...

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1 Losing the self, Losing control Lecture 7 Escaping the Self • Escape by – changing the nature of thought (i.e., focusing on low-level details) – Distraction/Engagement – Brain chemistry (drugs, sex, alcohol) • Diminished reflective processing • During escape the generalized other can’t impose standards • Tend to follow impulses Action Identification & Deconstruction Action identification (Wegner & Vallacher, 1986) Same action can be described in high, medium, or low terms Maintaining hygiene, brushing my teeth, moving my arms Generally prefer higher levels as we automate the lower levels Higher levels provide more flexibility Meaning at high but not low levels Less “self” and “self-relevance” at low levels Deconstruction Baumeister suggests that self is “deconstructed” at low levels Easier to steal candy if you focus low-level Suicide notes of successful and unsuccessful suicide attempts Not that reflective awareness gone, but not focused on self-relevant aspects of behavior What is deindividuation? • Gustav Le Bon (1895) - when an individual is
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