Coping with Threatened Identities by Glynis Breakwell

By Glynis Breakwell

Humans take care of threats to their identities in lots of alternative ways. till the unique booklet of this name in 1986, there have been no theoretical framework during which to examine their thoughts for doing this, or to envision the character and effect of the threatening studies themselves. during this stylish and unique e-book, Glynis Breakwell proposes an integrative version which explores the constitution of id and the rules directing its development.

Focusing on examples of chance resembling unemployment, sexually strange employment and ethnic marginality, Breakwell examines the relation of the person to social switch. via her delicate use of case experiences, she allows the sufferers of hazard to talk for themselves approximately their stories and emotions. Their reactions illustrate her proposed framework of 3 degrees of coping thoughts – intra-psychic, interpersonal and intergroup – and her overview of the standards which restrict the good fortune of such techniques. The case reports additionally element to new proof at the results of unemployment and the influence of teen education schemes on the time.

This name might were crucial studying for a number undergraduate classes in social and irregular psychology and person changes, in addition to for postgraduate education in medical and clinical psychology on the time. Social employees, counsellors and all these interested in the care of the victims of threatened identities will nonetheless locate it either informative and influential.

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He lost his job and was prevented fromcontinuing as the soccer coach. John now spends most of his time alone in the flat, venturing out occasionally to the local shops, but then he runs the gauntlet of the local children who call him names and throw stones at him. While he awaits his operation, he is taking a course of hormone treatment which has resulted in the deposit of subcutaneous fat around his nipples, to produce the appearance of breasts, and a marked change in the timbre of his voice. The treatment has had less acceptable effects: vomiting, dizziness and the depression of sexual arousal.

It would not harm psychology if the use of metaphor were banned. The problem in specifying the processes which relate personal to social identity has led to questions about whether both actually exist. Hollis (1977) posed the problem precisely: ‘The problem is to make personal identity personal and social identity identity’. In other words, it is difficult to see how personal identity can be defined except in terms of social history and context and how social identity says anything about identity which is unique to the individual, since it is merely a crystallization of a set of roles which could be occupied by any number of people.

Identity content and value dimensions are themselves instrumental in shaping the perception of time; especially with respect to biographical time, the meaning of which they will dictate in the short term but which will, in turn, be instrumental in determining their structure in the longer run. The fact is that identity which develops through subjective time will also be a fundamental determinant of that subjective temporality. The weaknesses in Luckmann’s analysis of time seem to lie on two fronts.

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