Humans are not the Borg: Personal and social selves function as components in a unified self-system

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 39 (2016)
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Abstract

Does joining groups trigger a cascade of psychological processes that can result in a loss of individuality and lead to such outcomes as social loafing and poor decision-making? Rather than privileging the self comprising primarily individual qualities as the “true self,” a multilevel, multicomponent approach suggests that, in most cases, personal and collective identities are integrated and mutually sustaining.

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