Although an agreed definition remains elusive, identity is a central concept in psychology as well as the related disciplines of sociology, anthropology and philosophy.
The goals of this Symposium are to synthesise conceptual and empirical work and to present advances in the study and understanding of the psychological concept of identity. Our objectives are to bridge divides and generate debate on the topic of identity in its broadest sense so that we are able to appreciate different perspectives and generate new interdisciplinary knowledge.
We are currently working on an exciting programme which will be published soon.
Prof Constantine Sedikides, University of Southampton
Self-Enhancement in Cultural Context
A communal life-orientation can quiet the ego, reducing self-enhancement. This ego-quieting view of communion is influential in social psychology. Advocates of it refer to three instantiations of a communal life-orientation, describing them as effective antidotes to self-enhancement: East-Asian culture, Christian religion, and mind-body exercises (yoga, mindfulness meditation). We examined the ego-quieting function of East-Asian culture (Studies 1-2), Christian religion (Studies 3-4), and mind-body exercises (Studies 5-6). The results paint a coherent picture: All three instantiations of a communal life-orientation exacerbate self-enhancement in the communal domain (higher communal narcissism and higher better-than-average perceptions regarding communal attributes). However, self-enhancement in the agentic domain (higher agentic narcissism and higher better-than-average perceptions regarding agentic attributes) is neither exacerbated nor reduced. This pattern of results runs counter to the ego-quieting view, but is consistent with the “self-centrality breeds self-enhancement” principle. According to this principle, humans have a deeply rooted proclivity to self-enhance on domains that are central to their self-concept (here: communal domains for people endorsing a communal life-orientation).
Dr Vivian Vignoles, University of Sussex
Identity: Personal AND Social
Identity refers to how people answer the question, “Who are you?”, whether explicitly or implicitly, and whether the question is posed at a personal or a collective level, by others or by oneself. Schools of thought within the identity literature tend to emphasize EITHER personal OR social contents and EITHER personal OR social processes. Here, I will argue that identities are inescapably BOTH personal AND social, not only in their content but also in the processes by which they are formed, maintained, and changed over time. It is the simultaneously personal AND social nature of identity that gives the construct its greatest theoretical potential—namely to provide insight into the relationship between the individual and society. However, doing justice to this potential requires integrating insights from diverse perspectives on identity and self-processes from all areas of psychology and beyond. In this talk, I will outline some key parameters for such an integrative understanding of identity.
Submissions for the LHC Symposium closed 23:59 on Sunday 5th March 2017. Abstracts are being peer reviewed and first authors will be notified by email by 26th March 2017.
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