The Construction of the Self, Second Edition: Developmental and Sociocultural Foundations Second Edition

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"Like the prior edition, this volume provides the most comprehensive and forward-looking overview of scholarship and theory on the construction of the self. The second edition is a major step forward--much exciting new work has been done in this area in the last 10 years. Harter offers a masterful summary and critique of this work; even more important, she gives us strong and insightful guidance for the future. Everyone interested in the construction of the self should read this book. It is an outstanding resource for seasoned researchers as well as an essential guide for young scholars entering the field and launching their research careers."--Jacquelynne S. Eccles, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Education, University of California, Irvine 

"In The Construction of the Self, Second Edition, Harter shows again why she has been the preeminent scholar in child and adolescent development for over four decades. Weaving together new theoretical insights with a far-ranging review of diverse research literatures, Harter provides a masterful look at the processes through which cognitive changes and personal experiences combine to influence self-views, which in turn underlie broader patterns of social and psychological development. Harter’s perspectives on adaptive and maladaptive trajectories of self-development provide an important framework for promoting self-views that buttress positive relationships and psychological well-being."--Mark R. Leary, PhD, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Duke University

"Harter surveys the struggle for a sense of identity and worth that individuals face from youth to old age. She offers an in-depth description of how families and cultures shape our self-concepts, and how so many of these adopted identities hamper personal growth and connectedness. On topics from motivation to mindfulness, this second edition offers both solid wisdom and new insights. Harter is truly one of developmental psychology’s luminaries."--Richard M. Ryan, PhD, Institute for Positive Psychology and Education, Australian Catholic University; Department of Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology, University of Rochester 

"I have relied on The Construction of the Self as a required foundational text for my Social and Personality Development course for more than a decade, through two editions. I have found it to be the most theoretically comprehensive text on how the self develops over time, while also offering powerful and insightful practical applications. Favorite concepts with which my students and I love to engage from the Harter text include conditional positive regard and self-esteem, true-self versus false-self behavior, authenticity of self, individualistic and collectivistic cultures, the cultural self, I-self and Me-self, the looking-glass self, the personal fable, scaffolding--and the list goes on. This is a comprehensive text that brings together the self, personality, the lifespan, and interesting and diverse ecological systems, in one 440-page treasure chest!"--Michelle R. Dunlap, PhD, Department of Human Development, Connecticut College


"The development of the self is a complex―sometimes difficult to comprehend―process, not easily explained by simplistic models. This book has a sophistication, empirical grounding, and clinical savvy that make it an essential book for therapists interested in individual construction of the self."
Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy Published On: 2012-03-08

"As has been the case throughout most of Harter's distinguished career, the emphasis is on the developmental nature of self. This expands the book's importance to a broad audience, which includes parents. Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals; general readers."
Choice Reviews Published On: 2012-10-01

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An important work from a leading scholar, this book explores self-development from early childhood to adulthood. Susan Harter traces the normative stages that define the emergence of many self-processes, including self-esteem. Restructured and significantly revised, the second edition reflects over a decade of conceptual, empirical, and methodological advances. It provides a broader sociocultural framework for understanding self-development and gives increased attention to the liabilities of our contemporary preoccupation with the self.
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Initial chapters describe how children, adolescents, and emerging adults assess their own competencies and overall worth and form a core, enduring sense of self. Harter examines the ways in which self-evaluative judgments at distinct developmental stages are shaped by both individual differences and societal influences. She shows that increasingly mature features of the self pose both benefits and risks for psychological adjustment. Subsequent chapters delve into particular characteristics and contexts of the self. Compelling topics include the links between self-esteem and physical appearance; the nature and functions of self-conscious emotions, with expanded coverage of humiliation; self-processes and motivation in the classroom; and cross-cultural research. Throughout, the book highlights the causes and consequences of different types of self-representations, including those that are unrealistically negative or positive. The integrative concluding chapter focuses on the ubiquity of false-self behavior&;particularly narcissism&;in today's society, identifying promising pathways for promoting authentic self-worth.
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Combining state-of-the-art theory and research with rich clinical insights, this authoritative volume will be read with interest by developmental, personality/social, and educational psychologists, as well as child clinical psychologists and other mental health professionals.


Product details

  • Publisher : The Guilford Press; Second edition (May 26, 2015)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 440 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1462522726
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1462522729
  • Item Weight : 1.36 pounds
  • Dimensions : 6 x 0.93 x 9 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.9 out of 5 stars 7 ratings

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