On the evolutionary functions of the symbolic self: The emergence of self-evaluation motives [chapter]

Constantine Sedikides, John J. Skowronski
Psychological perspectives on self and identity.  
The human self-concept has captured the fascination and imagination of intellectuals from many walks of life-writers and poets, religious and political figures, philosophers and scientists. These intellectuals have described the self-concept as enigmatic and mysterious; the key to understanding the essence of human nature; the basis of motivation, emotion, and behavior; and the royal road to personal misery and societal woes. Some of our previous theorizing has focused on the possible
more » ... possible evolutionary bases of the symbolic self, the type of self-concept that is possessed by humans (Sedikides & Skowronski,
doi:10.1037/10357-004 fatcat:zsjye7w3dbf7rjcfq7skmypapi