Social and Personal Identity - Understanding Your Self by Professor Derek Layder

By Professor Derek Layder

How will you comprehend your self? the place do your perspectives, attitudes and values come from and why do they modify? This available and illuminating ebook presents a competent consultant to those questions. The book:
· Demonstrates that non-public identification is shaped around
basic wishes for defense and vanity and the personal
desires that circulation from them
· indicates the function of the feelings in own life
· Explores the bounds of techniques that deny the existence
of 'individuals' and 'personal experience'
· Demonstrates how we construct on daily difficulties and
dilemmas of existence to form our moods, attitudes and feelings.
Shrewd and compelling, the ebook might be of curiosity to an individual learning Social Psychology and Sociology.

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Self-esteem and basic security therefore provide fundamental anchorage points for qualities and attributes such as self-respect, self-confidence, feelings of worthiness, authenticity, acceptance and belonging. These needs group themselves around this core of security and esteem. Again, however, it is misleading to think of them as somehow derivative or of ‘secondary’ importance. Rather, both sets of emotional needs are interdependent. 1). I’ll briefly discuss each in turn. However, at this juncture it is crucial to bear in mind that personal power (benign control and influence) is the key mechanism which brings together self and others in this interdependent relationship.

Potentially, each and every moment of our lives can provide one of those negative experiences. They can range from a situation were you are alone at home thinking negative thoughts about yourself (‘I’m hopeless’ I’m not strong enough to cope), through to a work meeting in which someone ‘puts you down’ in front of others by suggesting you are inefficient. In such cases you may suddenly feel insecure and unsure of your self-worth, although you may ‘conceal’ it from others. Of course, this doesn’t necessarily spell complete disaster, but if you are already feeling vulnerable and unsure, its effects may have more serious implications for your mental health.

But this can turn into an unhealthy, excessive need for approval if the individual is uncertain about his or her own independence, rights, responsibilities and effectiveness (the ability to influence things). The constant searching for approval is based on the fear that the other’s love will be withdrawn and that you will be left helpless and unloved. This, of course, is an extension of a childhood pattern whereby the individual feels that he or she never received enough (unconditional) approval or love from her or his parents.

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