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In this volume, Dialogical Self Theory is innovatively presented as a guide to help elucidate some of the most pressing problems of our time as they emerge at the interface of self and society. As a bridging framework at the interface of the social sciences and philosophy, Dialogical Self Theory provides a broad view of problem areas that place us in a field of tension between liberation and social imprisonment. With climate change and the coronavirus pandemic serving as wake-up calls, the book focuses on the experience of uncertainty, the disenchantment of the world, the pursuit of happiness, and the cultural limitations of the Western self-ideal. Now more than ever we need to rethink the relationship between self, other, and the natural environment, and this book uses Dialogical Self Theory to explore actual and potential responses of the self to these urgent challenges.Read more
- Enables the reader to see the connections between otherwise disconnected phenomena in order to respond to some of the major problems of our time, such as climate change, uncertainty, well-being, and the disenchantment, or re-enchantment, with the world
- Presents the concept of 'I-prison,' which refers to a situation wherein the person feels imprisoned for a shorter or longer time, as a way of understanding stress and depression
- Offers a series of practical implications of Dialogical Self Theory at the end of each chapter
Reviews & endorsements
‘This is a remarkable and engrossing book at the dynamic interface of psychology and philosophy, with broad theoretical range and rich existential and cultural implications. Its lucidity and measured sense of the complex dimensions of the dialogical self make it a model guide to self-maintenance in an uncertain world.’ Robert E. Innis, University of Massachusetts Lowell, USASee more reviews
‘This is a much-needed text which offers a deep exploration of the process of liberation and its counterpart, confinement. Hermans presents a thorough investigation into not only self-liberation but also our collective liberation, with an awareness of the tensions that exist in between. This is a comprehensive book which informs the reader but also engages them in a deep process of reflection. A great accomplishment and an important book for our times.’ Emma Kay, University of Roehampton, UK
‘Hermans is one of the world’s most insightful psychologists. In this masterpiece, he sheds light on previous gaps of his Dialogical Self Theory with grace. With a refreshing integration of philosophical, embodied and sociocultural perspectives, he has unveiled a highly applicable understanding of our human condition.’ Olga V. Lehmann, Institutt for Psykologisk Rådgivning (IPR), Norway
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- Date Published: January 2022
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781108844406
- length: 450 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
- weight: 0.635kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Playing with Plato
2. Centralization and decentralization of the self throughout the history of philosophy
3. The other as heaven and hell: the positional basis of dialogue
4. Re-enchantment of the world
5. Imprisonment and liberation of the self
6. Uncertainty in the self
7. Multiple well-being and other-inclusive happiness.
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