Possible selves – keeping your options open

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P42 “In a particularly penetrating article on the American self, Hazel Markus and Paula Nurius propose that we think not of a Self but of Possible Selves along with a Now Self. “Possible selves represent individuals’ ideas of what they might become, what they would like to become, and what they are afraid of becoming.”  Although not specifically intended to do so, their analysis highlights the extent to which American selfhood reflects the value placed in American culture on “keeping your options open.””

Folk psychology as an instrument of culture – bruner

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