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   For decades social scientists have observed 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 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 theories and research suggest two paths to this transcendence: (1) balancing the needs of self and others in one’s everyday life and (2) developing compassion, nondefensive self-awareness, and interdependent self-identity. At the end of these converging paths lies a quiet ego—an ego less concerned with self- promotion than with the flourishing of both the self and others. Readers will find in this volume inspiration not only for future work in psychology but also for their own efforts toward personal development. 



This wise book brings the ego back from the precipice of caricature to its rightful place at the core of psychology. Bringing together mental health perspectives, cultural insights, and common sense, it achieves a balanced view of ego that is certain to attract scholars of science and students of life alike.

–Shelley E. Taylor, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

How do we tame the destructive aspects of human ego? This book comprehensively and insightfully addresses this question and, in doing so, should be of much value to scholars, practitioners, and the general public who are interested in the many facets of ego-charged activities in American and other societies.

–John H. Harvey, PhD, Professor of Psychology, University of Iowa, Iowa City

Kudos to Heidi Wayment, Jack Bauer, and their contributors for shining psychology's light on a fundamental issue for the future of Western cultures and the global culture: how better to balance "me" and "we," independence and interdependence, egoism, and communalism.

–David G. Myers, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Hope College, Holland, MI