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Optimal Human Being : An Integrated Multi-level Perspective - Kennon M. Sheldon

Optimal Human Being

An Integrated Multi-level Perspective

Paperback Published: 8th July 2004
ISBN: 9780805841893
Number Of Pages: 250

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Ken Sheldon's comprehensive new book addresses two questions: how can individuals best integrate the different facets of themselves to achieve optimal human being, and how can researchers best integrate the different levels of analysis within the human sciences to understand optimal human being in general? In the process, the book supplies two new frameworks--one for viewing the human sciences as a group, and the other for viewing personality theory within that group.
"Optimal Human Being" features a multi-level model that moves from biologically based levels of analysis to higher, socially based levels, and demonstrates how these different levels interact to determine behavior. The author then proposes a new way of looking at personality by examining four tiers: organismic foundations, personality traits, goals/intentions, and self-concepts, and demonstrates how these levels relate to the state of optimal human being. The book concludes with two higher levels of analysis relevant to personality--social interaction and culture--and proposes a new profile of optimal human being.
Intended for researchers and students in social and personality, clinical, developmental, and industrial psychology and other social sciences, the book will also serve as a supplement in a variety of courses including personality, positive psychology, well being, personal development, and motivation.

Prefacep. vii
What Is Optimal Human Being?p. 1
Hierarchies and Levels of Analysis: Locating Behavior in the Physical World and Seeking Integration Between the Human Sciencesp. 14
Focusing on the Personality Level: Comprehensive Models of Personalityp. 34
Four Levels of Analysis Within Personality Theory
The Universal Human Organism: Species-Typical Human Naturep. 50
Personality Traits and Individual Differences: The Meaning of Variabilityp. 72
Goals and Intentions: The Method of Self-Organizationp. 96
The Self-Homunculus: Fictional but Functionalp. 117
Two Higher Levels of Analysis Relevant to Personality Theory
Social and Group Interaction: Game and Role Theory Perspectivesp. 143
The Cultural Level of Analysis: Memes, Genes, and Other Themesp. 164
Toward Integration
Optimal Human Being and Optimal Human Science: Summary Prescriptionsp. 183
Referencesp. 203
Author Indexp. 221
Subject Indexp. 227
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ISBN: 9780805841893
ISBN-10: 080584189X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 250
Published: 8th July 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1

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