Private and Public Selves

  • Charles S. Carver
  • Michael F. Scheier
Part of the SSSP Springer Series in Social Psychology book series (SSSOC)


Joan Doe works hard at her job. She spends extra hours in the office on weekends, and often works through her lunch hour. If you asked her, she would tell you that she is doing these things in order to establish herself in her career. But in exactly what way is this helping her career? That is, is she motivated by an internal and private desire to get things accomplished? Or is she primarily interested in establishing the image of a hard-working person in the minds of her supervisors?


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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles S. Carver
    • 1
  • Michael F. Scheier
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of MiamiCoral GablesUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyCarnegie-Mellon UniversityPittsburghUSA

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