Self-theories: Their Role in Motivation, Personality, and Development

Self Theories

Self TheoriesSelf-theories: Their Role in Motivation, Personality, and Development (Essays in Social Psychology), 1st Edition by Carol Dweck
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This innovative text sheds light on how people work — why they sometimes function well and, at other times, behave in ways that are self-defeating or destructive. The author presents her groundbreaking research on adaptive and maladaptive cognitive-motivational patterns and shows:

  • How these patterns originate in people’s self-theories
  • Their consequences for the person — for achievement, social relationships, and emotional well-being
  • Their consequences for society, from issues of human potential to stereotyping and intergroup relations
  • The experiences that create them

This outstanding text is a must-read for researchers in social psychology, child development, and education, and is appropriate for both graduate and senior undergraduate students in these areas.