Baumeister, Roy F.
Most widely held works by Roy F Baumeister
Evil : inside human cruelty and violence by Roy F Baumeister ( Book )
13 editions published between 1996 and 2001 in English and held by 1,759 libraries worldwide
"Integrating evidence from psychology, criminology, sociology, history, anthropology, and other disciplines to provide insight into the roots of cruelty and violence, Baumeister finds vivid examples, both historical and modern, that address compelling human issues: How do "ordinary" people find themselves beating their wives? Murdering rival gang members? Torturing political prisoners? Betraying their colleagues to the secret police? Why do cycles of revenge so often escalate? With an examination of our culture's myths about evil, the book progresses through the "whys" of evil toward a discussion of a paradox in human psychology - our tendency toward guilt, a natural mechanism that suppresses evil, and our inclination toward ambivalence, a feeling that enables evil to flourish." "Baumeister casts new light on these issues as he examines the gap between the victim's viewpoint and that of the perpetrator, and also explores various elements behind evil, from egotism and revenge to idealism and sadism. A fascinating study of one of humankind's oldest problems, Evil has profound implications for the way we conduct our lives and govern our society."--BOOK JACKET.
Self-esteem : the puzzle of low self-regard ( Book )
9 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 1,046 libraries worldwide
Your own worst enemy : understanding the paradox of self-defeating behavior by Steven Berglas ( Book )
3 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 923 libraries worldwide
"From Ivan Boesky to John Belushi, from Mike Tyson to Gary Hart, the world is full of those who have had it all and have blown it. And every day, all around us, we see people sabotaging their own goals - by using alcohol or drugs, or by staying in terrible relationships. Why do they do it?" "Your Own Worst Enemy provides a probing look at what lies beneath our surprising inclination to seize defeat from the jaws of victory. The book reveals the intricate gamesmanship behind self-defeat - including self-handicapping, trade-offs, and Pyrrhic revenge - and shows what forces fuel self-destructive urges, how people become vulnerable to them, and how to minimize their ill effects." "The authors challenge the conventional psychological wisdom that self-destructive behavior comes from unconscious death wishes or oedipal taboos. Instead they argue that the reasons for self-defeat are far more complex, ranging from miscalculation in bargaining to obsession with others' opinions. They show how, ironically, a history of success can distort a person's ability to assess a situation and thereby cause him or her to self-destruct on the way to the top. They also argue that sometimes self-defeat can have strategic value, saving a person from a "success" he or she can't manage."--BOOK JACKET.
The cultural animal : human nature, meaning, and social life by Roy F Baumeister ( Book )
15 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 840 libraries worldwide
"This book not only summarizes what we know about people - it also offers a coherent, easy-to-understand, though radical, explanation. Turning conventional wisdom on its head, Roy Baumeister argues that culture shaped human evolution. Contrary to theories that depict the individual's relation to society as one of victimization, endless malleability, or just a square peg in a round hole, his proposal states that the individual human being is designed by nature to be part of society. The Cultural Animal maintains that natural selection shaped the human psyche in two stages, the first for the sake of being social, and the second for the sake of being cultural. Being cultural is a step beyond being social. To be social is to have interactions and relationships, but to be cultural is to belong to a community of similar minds that collectively maintains, transmits, and accumulates information in its network. Moreover, Baumeister argues that we need to briefly set aside the endless study of cultural differences to look at what most cultures have in common - because that holds the key to human nature. Culture is in our genes, although cultural differences may not be."--Jacket.
Escaping the self : alcoholism, spirituality, masochism, and other flights from the burden of selfhood by Roy F Baumeister ( Book )
4 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 839 libraries worldwide
Handbook of self-regulation : research, theory, and applications ( Book )
16 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 753 libraries worldwide
"This authoritative handbook reviews the breadth of current knowledge on the conscious and nonconscious processes by which people regulate their thoughts, emotions, attention, behavior, and impulses. Individual differences in self-regulatory capacities are explored, as are developmental pathways. The volume examines how self-regulation shapes, and is shaped by, social relationships. Failures of self-regulation are also addressed, in chapters on addictions, overeating, compulsive spending, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Wherever possible, contributors identify implications of the research for helping people enhance their self-regulatory capacities and pursue desired goals."--pub. desc.
Are we free? : psychology and free will ( Book )
8 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 678 libraries worldwide
This work looks both at recent experimental and theoretical work directly related to free will, and at ways leading psychologists from all branches of psychology deal with the philosophical problems long associated with the question of free will.
Encyclopedia of social psychology ( Book )
13 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 675 libraries worldwide
Includes numerous entries chosen by a diverse team of experts to comprise an exhaustive list of the most important concepts in social psychology. Entries provide brief, clear explanations to the vast number of ideas and concepts that make up the intellectual and scientific content in the area of social psychology.
Meanings of life by Roy F Baumeister ( Book )
3 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 663 libraries worldwide
Is there anything good about men? how cultures flourish by exploiting men by Roy F Baumeister ( Book )
4 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 642 libraries worldwide
Have men really been engaged in a centuries-old conspiracy to exploit and oppress women? Have the essential differences between men and women really been erased? Have men now become unnecessary? Are they good for anything at all? In Is There Anything Good About Men?, Roy Baumeister offers provocative answers to these and many other questions about the current state of manhood in America. Baumeister argues that relations between men and women are now and have always been more cooperative than antagonistic, that men and women are different in basic ways, and that successful cultures capitalize o.
Losing control : how and why people fail at self-regulation by Roy F Baumeister ( Book )
10 editions published between 1994 and 2006 in English and held by 553 libraries worldwide
People the world over suffer from the inability to control their finances, their weight, their emotions, their craving for drugs, their sexual impulses, and more. The United States in particular is regarded by some observers as a society addicted to addiction. Therapy and support groups have proliferated not only for alcoholics and drug abusers but for all kinds of impulse control, from gambling to eating chocolate. Common to all of these disorders is a failure of self-regulation, otherwise known as "self-control."
Identity : cultural change and the struggle for self by Roy F Baumeister ( Book )
6 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 513 libraries worldwide
Breaking hearts : the two sides of unrequited love by Roy F Baumeister ( Book )
5 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 483 libraries worldwide
"Throughout history, unrequited love has inspired ballads, arias, poetry, drama, and literature. Almost always, however, the tale of the "star-crossed lovers" has been told from the point of view of the heartbroken pursuer. This illuminating new work explores unrequited love from both sides - that of the aspiring and eventually brokenhearted lover and, more unusually, that of the beloved, unwilling rejector. Based on systematically collected first-person accounts, BREAKING HEARTS shows how radically different and often contradictory the two experiences actually are." "Blending scientific research with vivid narrative, the book utilizes current psychological theories about relationships, interdependence, attachment, and communication to provide careful analysis of the sometimes amusing and often heartrending stories people tell about their love lives. The central focus is the subjective experience: what it feels like to love someone who does not love you in return, and what it is like to be pursued by someone whose attentions you wish to discourage. Demolishing past theories about human fulfillment coming from loving or being loved, this valuable counterweight to traditional studies explores the other, darker side of love to show that it is the mutuality of affection that is crucial to happiness.".
Public self and private self ( Book )
4 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 370 libraries worldwide
The self in social psychology ( Book )
8 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 349 libraries worldwide
Masochism and the self by Roy F Baumeister ( Book )
5 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 338 libraries worldwide
Free will and consciousness : how might they work ( Book )
6 editions published in 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 312 libraries worldwide
""The psychological research discussed in these essays on the relation of free will and consciousness is fascinating and cutting-edge, and the philosophical discussions of it break new ground. The result is rewarding reading for anyone interested in these two central philosophical problem."-Robert Kane, University Distinguished Teaching Professor of Philosophy, The University of Texas at Austin" ""This volume of essays vividly displays the increased depth and fruitfulness of recent interaction among psychologists, neuroscientists, and philosophers on the nature of conscious will. The conversational character is enhanced by postscripts recording the author's replies to a range of queries raised by other contributors. This volume is an excellent entry point into an exciting, rapidly intensifying interdisciplinary research program."-Tim O'Connor, Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy, Indiana University" ""Against the backdrop of widespread claims 'that neuroscience and psychology are showing that free will is an illusion and consciousness is epiphenomenal, the contributors to this volume offer important alternative perspectives. They demonstrate that careful philosophical analysis of what free will and consciousness are can open the door to fruitful psychological research on what free will and consciousness do, and how they do it. It is way too early in the game to declare that free will and consciousness are (or are not) mere causal byproducts. For anyone who wants to get in on the game, this book is a must read."-Eddy Nahmias, Associate Professor, Philosophy Department and the Neuroscience Institute, Georgia State University".
Do emotions help or hurt decision making? : a hedgefoxian perspective ( Book )
4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 312 libraries worldwide
"Philosophers have long tussled over whether moral judgments are the products of logical reasoning or simply emotional reactions. From Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility to the debates of modern psychologists, the question of whether feeling or sober rationality is the better guide to decision making has been a source of controversy. In Do Emotions Help or Hurt Decision Making? Kathleen D. Vohs, Roy F. Baumeister, and George Loewenstein lead a group of psychologists and economists in exploring the empirical evidence on how emotions shape judgments and choices." "Researchers on emotion and cognition have staked out many extreme positions: viewing emotions as either the driving force behind cognition or its side effect, either an impediment to sound judgment or a guide to wise decisions. The contributors to Do Emotions Help or Hurt Decision Making? provide a richer perspective, exploring the circumstances that shape whether emotions play a harmful or helpful role in decisions."--BOOK JACKET.
Willpower : rediscovering the greatest human strength by Roy F Baumeister ( Book )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 280 libraries worldwide
The authors review the latest research to report key findings on willpower and offer practical advice for increasing it.
Time and decision : economic and psychological perspectives on intertemporal choice ( Book )
2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 261 libraries worldwide
Birth control Case studies Choice (Psychology) Civilization, Western Civilization, Western--Psychological aspects Cognition Conference proceedings Consciousness Culture--Psychological aspects Decision making Economics--Psychological aspects Emotions Encyclopedias Equality Escape (Psychology) Free will and determinism Good and evil--Psychological aspects Handbooks, manuals, etc. History Human behavior Identity (Psychology) Life Masochism Meaning (Psychology) Men Motivation (Psychology) Popular culture Psychology Self Self-control Self-defeating behavior Self-destructive behavior Self-esteem Self-management (Psychology) Self-presentation Self psychology Sex Sex (Psychology) Sex customs Sex instruction Sex--Social aspects Sexual disorders Sexual health Social exchange Social psychology Textbooks Time--Economic aspects Time--Psychological aspects Unrequited love Wills
Baumeister, R. F. 1953-
Baumeister, Roy 1953-