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The Origins of Self explores the role that selfhood plays indefining human society, and each human individual in that society. It considersthe genetic and cultural origins of self, the role that self plays insocialisation and language, and the types of self we generate in our individualjourneys to and through adulthood.

Edwardes argues that otherawareness is a relatively early evolutionary development, present throughoutthe primate clade and perhaps beyond, but self-awareness is a product of thesharing of social models, something only humans appear to do. The self of whichwe are aware is not something innate within us, it is a model of our selfproduced as a response to the models of us offered to us by other people.Edwardes proposes that human construction of selfhood involvesseven different types of self. All but one of them are internally generatedmodels, and the only non-model, the actual self, is completely hidden fromconscious awareness. We rely on others to tell us about our self, and even tolet us know we are a self.

Developed in relation to a range of subject areas –linguistics, anthropology, genomics and cognition, as well as socio-culturaltheory – The Origins of Self is of particular interest tostudents and researchers studying the origins of language, human origins ingeneral, and the cognitive differences between human and other animalpsychologies.

The Origins of Self explores the role that selfhood plays indefining human society, and each human individual in that society. It considersthe genetic and cultural origins of self, the role that self plays insocialisation and language, and the types of self we generate in our individualjourneys to and through adulthood.

Edwardes argues that otherawareness is a relatively early evolutionary development, present throughoutthe primate clade and perhaps beyond, but self-awareness is a product of thesharing of social models, something only humans appear to do. The self of whichwe are aware is not something innate within us, it is a model of our selfproduced as a response to the models of us offered to us by other people.Edwardes proposes that human construction of selfhood involvesseven different types of self. All but one of them are internally generatedmodels, and the only non-model, the actual self, is completely hidden fromconscious awareness. We rely on others to tell us about our self, and even tolet us know we are a self.

Developed in relation to a range of subject areas –linguistics, anthropology, genomics and cognition, as well as socio-culturaltheory – The Origins of Self is of particular interest tostudents and researchers studying the origins of language, human origins ingeneral, and the cognitive differences between human and other animalpsychologies.


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