The Created Self: Reinventing Body, Persona, and Spirit

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2001 - Всего страниц: 350
In today's culture the self is considered largely a work in progress, and as we constantly reinvent ourselves, the challenge becomes one of coordinating change with the integrity and unity of the self. Using the insights of William James and evolutionary psychology as a springboard, Robert Weber explores the nature and meaning of our shifting selves. He proposes an ecology of the self based on three distinct but interdependent spheres: the body, the persona, and the spirit. Our bodily selves can be cosmetically nipped and tucked, and through new reproductive technologies extended in ways previously undreamed of. Our personas, comprising both our self-image and the image we present to others, are constantly assuming multiple roles in the course of our daily lives. And finally the modern changing self finds spiritual fulfillment in myriad traditional and nontraditional cultures, both sacred and secular, as we craft beliefs to suit our individual and communal needs.
 

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PREFACE
9
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
15
INTRODUCTION
19
CREATING A BODY
37
Trying on Faces
39
Painting Tattooing and Piercing
60
Surgically Extending
72
Creating Another Body
87
Wanting to Be Another Self
177
Creating Another Self
192
CREATING A SPIRIT
203
Believing in Spirit
205
Pursuing Purpose
221
Finding the Sacred
236
Questing for Spirit
249
Building a Faith
259

CREATING A PERSONA
103
The Connected Self
105
The Unitary Self
114
The Interpreting Self
127
The Contracting and Expanding Self
144
The Empathizing Self
157
Creating an Afterself
276
DIRECTIONS OF SELF
291
NOTES
305
REFERENCES
321
INDEX
331
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Robert Weber is a psychologist living in Albuquerque.

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