There are two aims of this chapter. First, it provides a starting point for understanding the major theories that have been influential in defining the self-concept. It outlines early western philosophical positions, as well as more recent psychodynamic, cognitive, social, and narrative theories. Second, it offers an overview of the application of the self-concept in psychological research, which in turn illustrates the theories that contextualize the meaning of the term. The self-concept is often used in such research with reference to its content and structural properties. It is hoped the broad overview of theory and applications of the concept provides readers with a framework for appreciating the diverse perspectives on the self-concept, and its utility as a focus in psychological investigations. It is envisaged that such a framework will help integrate the range of perspectives used to understand and treat psychological disorder.
|Title of host publication
|The Self in Understanding and Treating Psychological Disorders
|Michael Kyrios, Richard Moulding, Guy Doron, Sunil S. Bhar, Maja Nedeljkovic, Mario Mikulincer
|Place of Publication
|Cambridge University Press
|Number of pages
|Published - 2016