Journals Higher Education



Published: 04 January 2007

236 Pages | 1 line illus.

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195325447

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The Curse of the Self

Self-Awareness, Egotism, and the Quality of Human Life

Mark R. Leary

Although the capacity for self-awareness is an essential aspect of human nature, self-reflection comes at a high price. Self-awareness and its accompanying egoism profoundly affect people's lives, interfering with their success, polluting their relationships with other people, and undermining their happiness. Drawing from work in psychology and other behavioral sciences, in The Curse of the Self, Mark Leary explores personal and social problems that are created by the human capacity for self-reflection and offers insights regarding how these problems may be minimized.

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