The Social Self

The Social Self

Pergamon General Psychology Series

1st Edition - January 1, 1973

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  • Author: Robert C. Ziller
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483181585

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The Social Self is a multifaceted analysis of the self concept based on the social nature of the self. The emphasis is on self-esteem along with self-centrality, self-complexity, social interest, identification, power, marginality, openness, and majority identification. The book relies on an approach based upon non-verbal measures of the self concept and in which the individual is asked to locate himself in relation to a field of significant others, represented in a variety of geometric arrangements using symbols of the self and others. Comprised of nine chapters, this book begins with a description of some of the basic components of the self system including self-esteem, social interest, and marginality. The discussion moves toward more complex analyses including the alienation syndrome and the political personality involving two or more of the components of the social self. The next section focuses on the development of the self concept and examines such variables as socioeconomic background and the history of geographic mobility of the child. A theory of self-other orientation is also considered, along with a helical theory of personal change. This monograph is intended for students of social psychology, personality, sociology, and education who are interested in the self concept, its measurement, and theoretical considerations.

Table of Contents

  • Preface


    Part I Components of the Social Self

    Chapter 1 Self-Esteem: A Social Approach






    Chapter 2 Social Interest




    Related Concepts


    Chapter 3 The Marginal Man

    Communication of Marginality



    Part II Patterns of Self-Other Orientation

    Chapter 4 The Alienation Syndrome: A Triadic Pattern of Self-Other Orientation

    Self-Other Orientation and Alienation

    Self-Other Orientation Tasks

    Behavior Problem Children

    Neuropsychiatric Patients and the Aging

    The American Negro


    Chapter 5 A Political Personality Syndrome

    Self-Esteem and Responsiveness

    Complexity of the Self Concept and Responsiveness

    The Self-Esteem—Complexity Matrix (Integration-Differentiation)


    Part III Development of Self-Other Concepts

    Chapter 6 Consistency and Change of the Social Self

    Sullivan's Interpersonal Approach

    Sarbin's Cognitive Approach

    Brim's Resocialization Orientation

    Kuhn's "Who Am I?" Technique

    Development of Self-Other Orientation


    Chapter 7 The Ecology of the Social Self

    Familial Correlates of the Self System

    Locus of Reinforcement

    Self-Other Orientations of Asian Indian Children

    Self-Other Orientations of Kibbutz Children

    Changing Group Membership

    Geographic Mobility


    Part IV Theories of Personal Change and Stability

    Chapter 8 Toward a Theory of Self-Other Orientation

    The Social Self

    Self-Other Conflict


    Self-Other Orientation

    Chapter 9 A Helical Theory of Personal Change

    A Helical Theory

    Assumptions of the Personal Change System

    Cognitive, Conative, and Affective Components

    A Synthesis of Four Micro-Theories of Personal Change


    New Directions

    Appendix A Examples of Items from the Self-Other Orientation Tasks


    Author Index

    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 226
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1973
  • Published: January 1, 1973
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483181585

About the Author

Robert C. Ziller

About the Editors

Arnold P. Goldstein

Leonard Krasner

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