Multiple selves

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Chapter 9 endnote 36, from How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett.
Some context is:

Social psychologists say that we have multiple selves

The pioneering research of psychologist Hazel Markus showed that people have a repertoire of different selves for different occasions.[1]

The idea of multiple selves predates social psychology. Like many interesting ideas, it can be found in the writings of the philosopher David Hume, who compared the soul of one person to an entire republic of individuals who are coordinated and subordinated under one rule.[2] And, of course, the incomparable William James also discussed the possibility of multiple selves.[3]


Notes on the Notes

  1. Markus, Hazel, and Paula Nurius. 1986. "Possible selves." American psychologist 41 (9): 954-969.
  2. Hume, David. (1739) 2003. A Treatise of Human Nature, volume 1. Mineola, NY: Dover.
  3. James, William. (1890) 2007. The Principles of Psychology. Vol. 1. New York: Dover.