On Multiple Selves refutes the idea that a human being has a single unified self. Instead, David Lester argues, the mind is made up of multiple selves, and this is a rmal psychological phemen. Lester expands on his earlier work on the phemen, illuminating how a multiple-self theory of the mind is critically necessary to understanding human behavior. Most of us are aware that we have multiple selves. We adopt different facade selves depending on whom we are with. Lester argues that contrary to the popular psychological term, false self, these presentations of self are all part of us, t false; they simply cover layers of identity. He asserts that at any given moment in time, one or ather of our subselves is in control and determines how we think and act. Lester covers situations that may encourage the development of multiple selves, ranging from post-traumatic stress resulting from combat to bilinguals who speak two (or more) languages fluently. Lester's views of multiple selves will resonate with readers' individual subjective experience. On Multiple Selves is an essential read for psychologists, philosophers, and social scientists and will fascinate general readers as well.
David Lester is distinguished professor of psychology at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, USA. He serves on the editorial board of numerous professional journals, including Omega, Crisis, and Death Studies. He is the author or editor of nearly one hundred books, including Suicide and the Holocaust, Understanding Suicide, and Understanding and Preventing Suicide.