Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 06 August 2020

Abstract and Keywords

This chapter examines the benefits and implications of studying the self from a social cognition perspective. First, it focuses on the representation of the self, reviewing classic issues such as whether the self-concept is qualitatively distinct in memory, the consequences of chronic self-knowledge, how self-concepts are produced and represented in memory, and how the self is composed of multiple, context-dependent self-aspects. Second, the chapter examines the self as an inherently social construct, discussing how individuals and groups become integrated into one’s self-concept, how chronicity and self-complexity are represented, how stereotype threat is triggered and affects the self, and how loneliness and ostracism are experienced. Third, the chapter considers the self in broader contexts that include its role in guiding self-regulation and goal pursuit and its being influenced by contextual factors such as lay theories and culture. In addition to improving our understanding of the cognitive underpinnings of the self, consideration of the representation of self-knowledge allows us to better appreciate the social nature of the self-concept.

Keywords: self-concept, chronicity, self-complexity, stereotype threat, self-regulation

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.