The true self: A psychological concept distinct from the self

Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
A long tradition of psychological research has explored the distinction between characteristics that are part of the self and those that lie outside of it. Recently, a surge of research has begun examining a further distinction. Even among characteristics that are internal to the self, people pick out a subset as belonging to the true self. These factors are judged as making people who they really are, deep down. In this paper, we introduce the concept of the true self and identify features that distinguish people’s understanding of the true self from their understanding of the self more generally. In particular, we consider recent findings that the true self is perceived as positive and moral, and that this tendency is actor-observer invariant and cross-culturally stable. We then explore possible explanations for these findings and discuss their implications for a variety of issues in psychology.
No keywords specified (fix it)
PhilPapers/Archive ID
Revision history
Archival date: 2016-11-29
View upload history
References found in this work BETA
Simple Heuristics That Make Us Smart.Gigerenzer, Gerd; M. Todd, Peter & Research Group, A. B. C.
The Essential Moral Self.Strohminger, Nina & Nichols, Shaun

View all 31 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
Personal Identity.Shoemaker, David & Tobia, Kevin P.
I'm Not the Person I Used to Be: The Self and Autobiographical Memories of Immoral Actions.Stanley, Matthew L.; Henne, Paul; Iyengar, V.; Sinnott-Armstrong, Walter & De Brigard, Felipe
Remembering Moral and Immoral Actions in Constructing the Self.Stanley, Matthew L.; Henne, Paul & De Brigard, Felipe
Folk Teleology Drives Persistence Judgments.Rose, David; Schaffer, Jonathan & Tobia, Kevin

View all 8 citations / Add more citations

Added to PP index

Total views
937 ( #2,163 of 41,614 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
82 ( #6,165 of 41,614 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks to external links.