Others in Mind
Social Origins of Self-Consciousness
By (author) Philippe Rochat
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Others in Mind by Philippe Rochat
Book DescriptionIn this book, Philippe Rochat explores self-consciousness, how it originates and how it shapes our lives, arguably the most important and revealing of all psychological problems. Why are we so prone to guilt and embarrassment? Why do we care so much about how others see us, about our reputation? What are the origins of such afflictions? Rochat argues that it is because we are members of a species that evolved the unique propensity to reflect upon themselves as an object of thoughts; an object of thoughts that is potentially evaluated by others. Based on empirical observations, this is a book of ideas, tapping into both developmental and anthropological phenomena and guided by strong existential intuitions regarding the human condition. At the core of these intuitions, there is the idea that human psychic life is predominantly determined by what we imagine others perceive of us.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521506359
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 9-Feb-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Philippe Rochat
Origins of Possession, Paperback (December 2015)
This book studies the psychology surrounding the development of owning and sharing in humans across different cultures.
Others in Mind, Paperback (February 2009)
Based on empirical observations, this innovative book explores self-consciousness, how it originates and how it shapes our lives.
Cambridge Encyclopedia of Child Development, Hardback (September 2005)
An authoritative, accessible and up-to-date account of all aspects of child development.
Infant's World, Paperback (May 2004)» View all books by Philippe Rochat
What do infants know? What do they feel, and how do they come to understand what's happening around them? How do they begin to construe others as persons with feelings and intentions? These questions are tackled in this text.
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Author Biography - Philippe Rochat
Philippe Rochat is a professor in the department of psychology at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Born and raised in Geneva, Switzerland, he earned a Ph.D. at the University of Geneva, where he was trained in psychology by Jean Piaget and his close collaborators. The author of The Infant World (2001), Rochat's current research focuses on learning and creativity and the development of social intelligence and the emergence of a moral sense during the preschool years in children from all over the world in highly contrasted cultural environments, as well as in highly contrasted socioeconomic circumstances.
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