This innovative text sheds light on how people work - why they sometimes function well and, at other times, behave in ways that are self-defeating or destructive. The author presents her groundbreaking research on adaptive and maladaptive cognitive-motivational patterns and shows:
- How these patterns originate in people's self-theories
- Their consequences for the person -- for achievement, social relationships, and emotional well-being
- Their consequences for society, from issues of human potential to stereotyping and intergroup relations
- The experiences that create them
This outstanding text is a must-read for researchers in social psychology, child development, and education, and is appropriate for both graduate and senior undergraduate students in these areas.