Why Self-Concepts Are So Resistant to Change: Analysis and Clinical Implications

Bergner, R. / Published 2021 / Presentation

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Presenter Ray Bergner, Ph.D.
Date October 1, 2021
Abstract: In this talk, I will (1) review Peter Ossorio's unique formulation of the self-concept; (2) present some logical and empirical justifications for preferring this formulation to existing alternatives; (3) explain, based on this, why self-concepts tend to not change in the face of what would seem to be disconfirming evidence; and (4) describe some therapeutic approaches to modifying self-concepts that are based on Ossorio's view and that avoid many of the pitfalls inherent in mainstream approaches to this endeavor.