Knowledge of self

  • D. Bannister
Part of the Psychology for Professional Groups book series


Definition is a social undertaking. As a community we negotiate the meaning of words. This makes ‘self’ a peculiarly difficult term to define, since much of the meaning we attach to it derives from essentially private experiences of a kind which are difficult to communicate about and agree upon. Nevertheless, we can try to abstract from our private experience of self qualities which can constitute a working definition. Such an attempt was made by Bannister and Fransella (1980) in the following terms.


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