Identification and Character

Identification and Character

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This book tells the reader all about psychological identification, the single most important process for becoming, maintaining, or changing who we are as characters. The booka€™s emphasis, though, is decidedly on identificationa€™s role in our becoming who we are. It is one thing for people to have an image of who they are or of who they would like to be, it is quite another for them to actually become that image. Through genuinely identifying with these sorts of things, we turn what otherwise would be mere mental pictures of traits into character traits that we psychologically own.Readable to laypersons as well as to academicians, this book offers a new perspective for understanding the formation and nature of human character. Kamler also discusses some important issues in psychoanalysis and philosophy. He clarifies the current psychoanalytic debate about identificationa€™s place among the primitive processes of self development; offers new ways of looking at the relationship between the infant self and the adult character; and addresses topics such as personal identity and identity crisis. In addition, the book speaks to a current philosophical debate about the fundamental nature of self, offering the authora€™s own thesis and showing how all the protagonists in the discussion share a basically flawed position about the role that having values plays in our being persons.The Will to Believe and Other Essays in Popular Philosophy. [1897.] Cambridge: ... Boston: Houghton Mifflin. Kagan, J. 1958. aquot;The Concept of Identification.aquot; Psychological Review 65:296-305. . 1984. ... 1984. Character and Personal Values.

Title:Identification and Character
Author:Howard Kamler
Publisher:SUNY Press - 1994-10-28


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