Jack Bauer, PhD
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University of Dayton
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Transcending Self-Interest and the Quiet Ego

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For decades social scientists have warned that Americans are becoming more selfish, headstrong, and callous. Instead of lamenting a cultural slide toward narcissism, Transcending Self-Interest: Psychological Explorations of the Quiet Ego provides a constructive framework for understanding— and conducting research on—both the problems of egocentrism and the ways of transcending it.

Heidi A. Wayment and Jack J. Bauer have assembled a group of contributors who are helping to reshape how the field of psychology defines the self in the 21st Century. In the spirit of positive psychology, these authors call us to move beyond individualistic and pathological notions of self versus other. Their research suggests two paths to this transcendence: (1) balancing the needs of self and others in one’s everyday life and (2) developing skills for compassion, nondefensive self-awareness, and interdependent self-identity. At the end of these converging paths lies a quiet ego—an ego concerned less with self-promotion than with the flourishing of both the self and others. Readers can expect to find in this volume a fertile ground not only for future work in psychology but also for their own efforts toward personal development.


Ch. 1: The Psychology of Quieting the Ego
Jack J. Bauer and Heidi A. Wayment

Section 1: Putting the Ego in Perspective

Ch. 2: The Lure of the Noisy Ego: Narcissism as a Social Trap
W. Keith Campbell and Laura E. Buffardi

Ch. 3: A Terror Management Perspective on the Quiet and Loud Egos:
Implications of Ego Volume Control for Personal and Social Well-being
Spee Kosloff, Mark J. Landau, Daniel Sullivan, and Jeff Greenberg

Ch. 4: In Search for Optimal Ego: When Self-Enhancement Bias Helps and Hurts Adjustment
Virginia S.Y. Kwan, Lu Lu Kuang, & Belinda. X. Zhao

Ch. 5: Taming the Wild Ego: The Challenge of Humility
Julie Juola Exline

Ch. 6 From Egosystem to Ecosystem: Implications for Relationships,
Learning, and Well-Being
Jennifer Crocker

Section 2: The Importance of Awareness in Quieting the Ego

Ch. 7: Beyond Me: Mindful Responses to Social Threat
Kirk Warren Brown, Richard M. Ryan, J. David Creswell, & Christopher P. Niemiec

Ch. 8: Individual Differences in Quiet Ego Functioning: Authenticity,
Mindfulness, and Secure Self-Esteem
Michael H. Kernis, & Whitney.L Heppner

Ch. 9: Self-Compassion: Moving Beyond the Pitfalls of a Separate Self-Concept
Kristin D. Neff

Ch. 10: The Role of Awareness and Autonomy in Quieting the Ego: A Self-Determination Theory Perspective
Christopher P. Niemiec, Richard M. Ryan., & Kirk Warren Brown

Ch. 11: Motivation, Threshold for Threat, and Quieting the Ego
Holley S. Hodgins

Section 3: The Importance of Others in Quieting the Ego

Ch. 12: Hierarchy among Selves: An Implication for Relations with Persons versus Groups
Lowell Gaertner, Constantine Sedikides, Michelle Luke & Jonathan Iuzzini

Ch. 13: Allo-Inclusive Identity: Incorporating the Social and Natural
Worlds into One’s Sense of Self
Mark R. Leary, Jessica M. Tipsord, & Eleanor B. Tate

Ch. 14: Perspectives on the Self in the East and West: Searching for the “Subdued” Ego
Derrick Wirtz & Chi-yue Chiu

Ch. 15: The Collective and Compassionate Consequences of Downward
Social Comparisons
Heidi A. Wayment & Erin M. O’Mara

Ch. 16: Collective Angst: How Threats to the Future Vitality of the Ingroup Shape Intergroup Emotion
Michael J.A. Wohl & Nyla R. Branscombe

Ch. 17: Beyond the Individualistic Self: A Framework for Prosocial Motives and Judgments
M. Audrey Korsgaard & Bruce M. Meglino

Section 4: Developmental Perspectives on Quieting the Ego

Ch. 18: How the Ego Quiets as It Grows: Ego Development, Growth Narratives, and Eudaimonic Personality Development
Jack J. Bauer

Ch. 19: Homonegativity and the Lesbian Self: Portraits of the Ego as Either Transcender or Occluder of Negative Social Stereotypes
Ed de St. Aubin and Kim Skerven

Ch. 20: Self-Development through Selflessness: The Paradoxical Process of Growing Wise
Monika Ardelt

Ch. 21: Generativity, the Redemptive Self, and the Problem of a “Noisy” Ego in American Life
Dan P. McAdams