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Explanations, Accounts, and Illusions : A Critical Analysis - John McClure

Explanations, Accounts, and Illusions

A Critical Analysis

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Published: 26th July 1991
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This book provides a lucid survey of the major viewpoints in social psychology concerning people's self-awareness (or lack of it), their explanations of their own actions, and their cognitive illusions and self-misunderstandings. In this readable but scholarly review, John McClure examines the major approaches to social cognition developed in America and Europe, including orthodox models that draw on information-processing and behavioral concepts, and innovative approaches that draw on hermeneutic or interpretive models, discourse analysis, and, in particular, critical theory. The book provides a clear picture of what social psychology shows about people's awareness of the causes of their own actions. It also describes the nature of the misperceptions and cognitive distortions that underlie psychological disorders and that contribute to people's failure to achieve their potential and control their circumstances. This book will interest not only psychologists and advanced students in psychology, but all readers who are interested in consciousness, explanations of actions, and people's illusions about themselves and their circumstances.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Paradigms of explanation
Consciousness and illusions: critical perspectives
Self-perception and social cognition
New accounts: ethogenics and hermeneutics
Self-presentation and discourse analysis
Illusions, control and helplessness
Phenomenological, cognitive and linguistic therapies
Discounting and dialectics: contradictions in explanations
Conclusion
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ISBN: 9780521385329
ISBN-10: 0521385326
Series: European Monographs in Social Psychology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 26th July 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.47