The Uses of a Theory of Self
In this chapter, we will turn our attention to the contributions of a theory of self. The function of this chapter is to place our theory and our data on self in the larger framework of early social cognition. Just as the self has been divided into two aspects, so this chapter on the uses of self will be divided. First, the existential or subjective self and the role of the self-other differentiation in the social life of the child will be explored. This will include consideration of a sociobiological approach to development, the role of self in cognition, the self-other distinction, self and social relations, and empathy. Second, we shall explore the categorical or the objective self, paying particular attention to friendship and sex-role development.
KeywordsSocial Cognition Social Object Imitative Behavior Constructivist Position Active Organism
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