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The Development of the Self

Valerie Cray Hardcastle

in Narrative and Consciousness

Published in print August 2003 | ISBN: 9780195140057
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199847402 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195140057.003.0003
The Development of the Self

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Children often come up with stories to describe what they have done and what they expect to do. As such, these children, and even we, are attempting to understand their and our selves more through the plots of these stories. Jean Piaget's epistemology implies that children are constantly formulating new ways of representing the world to themselves in their attempts of further interpreting and understanding what goes on in the world as they continue to grow and develop. The self, as dominant concepts from developmental psychology research would suggest, is perceived to result from certain universal stages of development. In this chapter, the author argues how attaining a sense of self entails cognitive, mnemonic, and linguistic development, which is contrary to the conventional belief about how such developments would initiate the understanding of the self.

Keywords: children; stories; world representation; Jean Piaget; self; developmental psychology; developmental stages; cognitive development; mnemonic development; linguistic development

Chapter.  6093 words. 

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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