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9780062507891

The Roots of the Self: Unraveling the Mystery of Who We Are

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    9780062507891

  • ISBN10:

    0062507893

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1994-12-14
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications

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An exploration of why individuals are the way they are illuminates the complex forces that shape humans from womb to grave, arming readers with facts about genetics, environment, psychology, creativity, and higher consciousness

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Puzzle of Individualityp. 1
On Human Nature
Coming of Age in Self-Understanding: The Tale of Galton, Boas, and Meadp. 15
From the Cell to the Selfp. 25
On Individual Human Nature: The Forms of Temperament
Early Differencesp. 35
Three Dimensions of Temperamentp. 43
High and Low Amplification: Setting the Gain Controlp. 51
Deliberation-Liberation: Organizing Actions and Thoughtp. 61
Positive Approach, Negative Withdrawalp. 73
Disorders: At the Ends of the Continuump. 79
Race, Sex, and Family
Skin Color, Cultural Differences, Intelligence, and Individualityp. 103
Why Are Children in the Same Family So Dissimilar?p. 115
Sex Mattersp. 131
Differences in Mind
The Hand, the Brain, and the Individual Mindp. 153
Small Pieces of the Puzzle: Differences in Memory and Thinkingp. 167
Completing Ourselves: Going Beyond Our Inheritance
Of Monkey Brains, Fish Hierarchy, Tame and Wild Cats, Missing Limbs, and the Amazing Possibility of Growth in the Brainp. 179
On Human Nature and Individual Human Nature: Changes Large and Smallp. 195
Acknowledgmentsp. 205
Recommended Readingp. 207
Notesp. 209
Bibliographyp. 221
Indexp. 231
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