March 21, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 212 Pages
ISBN 9781138541672 - CAT# K375172
The Significance of High Value in Human Behaviour is an innovative conceptualisation of how the quest for a high self-worth works as a psychosocial dynamic, presenting the idea that feelings of impotence and low self-esteem induce a powerful impetus on negative human action. This book gives an account of what it means to base a whole psychological perspective on high value, which has been an understudied aspect of human action.
Employing an ethnographical approach, the book uses client observations and social research to promote original solutions in an empathetic and engaging manner for psychological support services aiding isolated individuals. It considers the concept of a valuable self and examines the negative effects within the personality which can be generated when this drive for a valuable self is blocked through human devaluation or violence.
The Significance of High Value in Human Behaviour will appeal to academics and post graduate students in the fields of psychology and psychotherapy, psychotherapists with specialist interests in loneliness and self-worth, and sociologists concerned with the psychology of the self.
Setting the scene: the psychopathology of everyday life
Part One: arenas of anxiety
Chapter One: Companion
Chapter Two: Comparison: ‘Go compare’: social media & social toxins
Chapter Three: Competition: tales of humiliation
Chapter Four: Compensation: violence, transfer and scapegoats
Part Two: Notes on a Theory of Value
Chapter Five: A discourse on Method and the dog that didn’t bark
Chapter Six: Re-setting the personality drivers
Chapter Seven: Markers of devaluation: Difference and Indifference
Chapter Eight: Dignity, indignity and the anger of a valuable self
Chapter Nine: The relational turn: self-esteem and self-actualisation
Chapter Ten: Like a sailboat in the harbour: collision and collusion
Chapter Eleven: Through the life course
Part Three: A positive psychology
Chapter Twelve: Transformative change and positive places
Postscript: What is it that Protests?