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Escaping the self : alcoholism, spirituality, masochism, and other flights from the burden of selfhood

Author: Roy F Baumeister
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Basic Books, ©1991.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Discusses the possible costs associated with the overemphasis on selfhood.
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Baumeister, Roy F.
Escaping the self.
New York, N.Y. : Basic Books, ©1991
(OCoLC)551532147
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roy F Baumeister
ISBN: 0465020534 9780465020539
OCLC Number: 23691792
Description: xii, 268 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Identity : paradise or prison? --
Why escape? : the burden of self --
The self against itself --
The process of escape --
Suicide : oblivion beckons --
Masochism : the pleasure-pain paradox --
Floating away with the bottle : alcohol use and abuse --
Binge eating : vanishing bite by bite --
Religious exercise and spirituality --
Other factors, other routes.
Responsibility: Roy F. Baumeister.

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Overwhelmed by the demands of maintaining a positive self-image, some people are taking to escapist practices via, for example, drug usage. This book presents a view of the dark side of human nature  Read more...

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