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The curse of the self : self-awareness, egotism, and the quality of human life

Author: Mark R Leary
Publisher: New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Human beings have the ability to think consciously about themselves, which allows them, among other things, to imagine themselves in the future, anticipate the consequences of their behaviour and plan ahead. This can sometimes cause problems and the author suggests ways to approach self-reflection in a positive manner.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mark R Leary
ISBN: 0195172426 9780195172423
OCLC Number: 952730997
Notes: Originally published: 2004.
Description: 1 online resource (vii, 226 pages)
Contents: 1. The Self-Aware Animal; 2. Living in Two Worlds; 3. Through the Eyes of the Ego; 4. Making Ourselves Miserable; 5. When Selves Collide; 6. Risking Life and Limb; 7. Religion and Morality; 8. The Self Out of Control; 9. Bringing Out the Best in the Self.
Responsibility: Mark R. Leary.

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Human beings have the ability to think consciously about themselves, which allows them, among other things, to imagine themselves in the future, anticipate the consequences of their behaviour and plan ahead. This can sometimes cause problems and the author suggests ways to approach self-reflection in a positive manner.

Despite its obvious advantages, our ability to be self-reflective comes at a high price. Few people realise how profoundly their lives are affected by self-reflection or how frequently inner chatter interferes with their success, pollutes their relationships with others, and undermines their happiness. By allowing people to ruminate about the past or imagine what might happen in the future, self-reflection conjures up a great deal of personal suffering in the form of depression, anxiety, anger, jealousy, and other negative emotions. A great deal of unhappiness, in the form of addictions, overeating, and domestic violence, is due to people's inability to exert control over their thoughts and behaviour. Is it possible to direct our self-reflection in a way that will minimise the disadvantages and maximise the advantages? Is there a way to affect the egotistical self through self-reflection? In this volume, Mark Leary explores the personal and social problems that are created by the capacity for self-reflection, and by drawing upon psychology and other behavioral sciences, offers insights into how these problems can be minimised.

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