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From Self to Social Relationships
An Essentially Relational Perspective on Social Motivation

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Part of Studies in Emotion and Social Interaction

  • Date Published: July 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107093799

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  • What is it that moves and motivates us in our lives? Martijn van Zomeren proposes social relationships are at the essence of this key question and, in a fascinating investigation into human motivation, he develops a novel and integrative psychological theory termed 'selvations theory'. The theory suggests that we are essentially relational beings that seek to regulate relationships in response to felt changes in our network of relationships (selvations). However, we need to do this in culturally appropriate ways and this is where our culturally construed self comes to be of use. From Self to Social Relationships constitutes a powerful argument about human essence, integrating major theories in and around psychology, which has strong implications for the study and practice of social motivation.

    • Proposes social relationships are at the essence of human motivation
    • Examines how different assumptions have different implications for theory and research on social motivation
    • Discusses clear implications for theory and research, but also for everyday life, health and happiness
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    'This is a carefully crafted and creative entry into the significant attempts of scholars to replace traditional models of individualist and atomizing psychology with accounts that place relational process at the center of our understanding. As van Zomeren forcefully argues, it is not self-gain that fundamentally motivates our actions, but the regulation of relationships. The research implications are enormous.' Kenneth J. Gergen, Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania

    'This well-written book covers a lot of ground, and does so in a thoughtful manner. It is one of the most integrative books I have seen in recent years.' Paul A. M. Van Lange, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam

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    • Date Published: July 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107093799
    • length: 206 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 158 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • contains: 7 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Prologue
    Part I. Assumptions:
    1. Toward theoretical integration
    2. A shift from self to selvations
    Part II. Selvations Theory:
    3. Selvations theory I: value infusion
    4. Selvations theory II: coping with value-infused events
    Part III. Implications:
    5. So what?
    Epilogue.

  • Author

    Martijn van Zomeren, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands
    Martijn van Zomeren is Associate Professor in the Department of Social Psychology at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. In 2009 he was awarded a prestigious VENI grant from the Dutch Science Foundation and in 2011 he was awarded the Kurt Lewin Medal, an early career award from the European Association for Social Psychology. Dr van Zomeren has published a number of contributions to the literature on collective action and social change in high-impact psychology journals.

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