An important work from a leading scholar, this book explores self-development from early childhood to adulthood. Susan Harter traces the normative stages that define the emergence of many self-processes, including self-esteem. She also addresses individual differences and societal influences on self-development. Presenting pioneering empirical research, Harter shows that increasingly mature features of the self have both benefits and liabilities for psychological adjustment. The book highlights the causes and consequences of different types of self-representations, including those that are unrealistically negative or positive. New to This Edition *Reflects over a decade of conceptual, empirical, and methodological advances. *Provides a broader sociocultural framework for understanding self development. *Chapters on emerging adulthood, self-esteem and physical appearance, self-processes in the classroom, motivation, cross-cultural issues, and the quest for authenticity. *Expanded chapters on childhood; adolescence; and the self-conscious emotions, including humiliation. *Increased attention to the liabilities of our contemporary preoccupation with the self.
"The development of the self is a complex--sometimes difficult to comprehend/m-/process, not easily explained by simplistic models. This book has a sophistication, empirical grounding, and clinical savvy that make it an essential book for therapists interested in individual construction of the self."--Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy
Susan Harter, PhD, is Professor Emerita of Psychology at the University of Denver. Her interests include self-esteem, the construction of multiple selves, false-self behavior, classroom motivation, emotional development, gender issues, and school violence. Her research has resulted in the construction of a lifespan battery of self-concept assessment instruments that are in widespread use in the United States and internationally. Dr. Harter is a recipient of the John Evans Professorship Award, the highest scholarly honor the University of Denver can bestow on a faculty member, as well as the University Lecturer of the Year Award.