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The Human Psyche at Work

Roy F. Baumeister

in The Cultural Animal

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9780195167030
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199894147 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167030.003.0002
The Human Psyche at Work

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This chapter discusses the basic ideas about nature and culture. It explains what is special about culture, of what culture is made, and what are some of the psychological requirements for participating in culture. It gives special attention to the role of language and meaning, in view of its central importance to cultural life. The organization of the psyche into two parts (conscious and automatic) is emphasized as a crucial theme that every other chapter needs in order to explain human functioning within culture.

Keywords: culture; human psyche; language; meaning; cultural life

Chapter.  15724 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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