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Explanations, Accounts, and Illusions
A Critical Analysis

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Part of European Monographs in Social Psychology

  • Date Published: January 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521047500

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  • This book provides a lucid survey of the major viewpoints in social psychology concerning people's self-awareness (or lack of it), their explanations of their own actions, and their cognitive illusions and self-misunderstandings. In this readable but scholarly review, John McClure examines the major approaches to social cognition developed in America and Europe, including the more orthodox models which draw on information-processing and behavioural concepts; and the innovative approaches which draw on hermeneutic models, discourse analysis and, in particular, critical theory. The book provides a clear picture of what social psychology shows about people's awareness of the causes of their own actions. It also describes the nature of the misperceptions and cognitive distortions that underlie psychological disorders, and that contribute to people's failure to achieve their aims.

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    • Date Published: January 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521047500
    • length: 200 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.311kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    1. Introduction
    2. Paradigms of explanation
    3. Consciousness and illusions: critical perspectives
    4. Self-perception and social cognition
    5. New accounts: ethogenics and hermeneutics
    6. Self-presentation and discourse analysis
    7. Illusions, control and helplessness
    8. Phenomenological, cognitive and linguistic therapies
    9. Discounting and dialectics: contradictions in explanations
    10. Conclusions
    References
    Index of names
    Index of subjects.

  • Author

    John McClure, Victoria University of Wellington

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