The Self-Knower

A Hero Under Control

  • Robert A. Wicklund
  • Martina Eckert

Part of the The Springer Series in Social/Clinical Psychology book series (SSSC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Robert A. Wicklund, Martina Eckert
    Pages 1-8
  3. Robert A. Wicklund, Martina Eckert
    Pages 9-15
  4. Robert A. Wicklund, Martina Eckert
    Pages 17-39
  5. Robert A. Wicklund, Martina Eckert
    Pages 41-56
  6. Robert A. Wicklund, Martina Eckert
    Pages 57-77
  7. Robert A. Wicklund, Martina Eckert
    Pages 79-93
  8. Robert A. Wicklund, Martina Eckert
    Pages 95-106
  9. Robert A. Wicklund, Martina Eckert
    Pages 107-132
  10. Robert A. Wicklund, Martina Eckert
    Pages 133-150
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 151-166

About this book

Introduction

The self-knower has become a hero within many contemporary cultures. This hero goes by various different titles, including the" self-insightful/' the "self-actualized/' the "autonomous and mature/' the "representative of independent thinking/' the "morally virtuous/' and many more. The common denominators of civilization's preoccupation with the self­ knower are (1) the mundane, popular literature that draws our attention to our "inner being" and (2) the remarkable intensity of therapies and quasitherapies that promise insight into the true core of our inner being. A characteristic example from an extensive, week-or month-long training course would read, "Come because you want to discover your self ... . Through Mr. X [the group leaderl, we can realize our true identities ... . This gives our lives sense and perspective." We have tried to trace the logic underlying the diverse self-knower movements and have found three common themes underlying them. For one, the varieties of theories and treatments associated with self-knowl­ edge are interested exclusively in the appearance of the self-knower. Each representative of the self-knower school has its own set of criteria for identifying the self-knowing person, and in tum, each member of the self-knower school represents certain convictions about how individuals should be evaluated. For instance, if someone manifests warmth and char­ ity, that person is likely to be pronounced healthy, adjusted, and self­ knowing.

Keywords

Self behavior logic perception prejudice research school

Authors and affiliations

  • Robert A. Wicklund
    • 1
  • Martina Eckert
    • 1
  1. 1.Universität BielefeldBielefeldGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4899-1152-0
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-1154-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-1152-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1568-2528
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