Praise for the First Edition:
"A masterpiece of scholarly analysis and a book that should be read by anyone interested in either personality or social behavior."
"Burkitt deserves praise for the clarity with which he presents his overview of the relevant theories, for the cogency which he offers his own critiques of these theories, and for his commitment to thinking dialectically about the self."
—Theory & Psychology
"A very valuable contribution to its field."
"Burkitt offers a discerning discussion. . . the volume is essential reading for anyone concerned with this challenging problem."