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Resilient Identities : Self, Relationships, And The Construction Of Social Reality - William Swann

Resilient Identities

Self, Relationships, And The Construction Of Social Reality

Paperback Published: 1st May 1999
ISBN: 9780813391182
Number Of Pages: 256

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Once considered the province of "New Age" groups, the self-esteem movement has been catapulted into the American mainstream, with a California task force and other groups now claiming that raising self-esteem is the panacea for social ills from alcoholism to poor grades and poverty.In this wide-ranging and strikingly original book, William Swann not only dissects the mistaken assumptions that underlie current self-esteem programs, but also incisively analyzes the nature of self-worth and the "self-traps" that make achieving and sustaining a sense of self-esteem so difficult.Drawing on more than a decade of research, much of it his own, Swann reveals the surprising regularity with which people suffering from low self-esteem gravitate to relationships in which they are denigrated or abused. Swann shows how such people are caught in a crossfire of conflicting desires for praise and for confirmation of their negative self-views. He persuasively argues that our feelings of self-worth can only be understood as part of a larger, intricate dynamic involving society as well as the self.Not a self-help book, Resilient Identities offers a fascinating, controversial exploration of how self-esteem conflicts develop and are played out in all of our relationships. And it discusses what we can do to encourage and sustain feelings of self-worth in our society.

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xii
The Holy Grail of Self-Esteemp. 1
Groucho's Paradoxp. 17
The Verified Selfp. 41
Ghosts from the Nurseryp. 71
Romantic Self-Trapsp. 101
Esteem and the Pursuit of Competencep. 121
Raising Self-Esteemp. 145
Notesp. 165
Appendix: Self-Attributes Questionnairep. 221
Indexp. 225
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ISBN: 9780813391182
ISBN-10: 0813391180
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st May 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.22 x 14.99  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1