The symbolic self in evolutionary context.

@article{Sedekides1997TheSS,
  title={The symbolic self in evolutionary context.},
  author={C Sedekides and John J. Skowronski},
  journal={Personality and social psychology review : an official journal of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Inc},
  year={1997},
  volume={1 1},
  pages={80-102}
}
We propose that the capacity for a symbolic self(a flexible and multifaceted cognitive representation of an organism's own attributes) in humans is a product of evolution. In pursuing this argument, we note that some primates possess rudimentary elements of a self (an objectified self) and that the symbolic self (a) is a trait that is widely shared among humans, (6) serves adaptive functions, and (c) could have evolved in response to environmental pressures, with ecological and social pressures… CONTINUE READING

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