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Shared Reality: What Makes Us Strong and Tears Us Apart

E. Tory Higgins


What makes us human? Why do humans deal with the world in the ways that we do? The usual answer is that it is our intelligence. When it comes to intelligence, we believe we are special. When it comes to motivation, we believe we are basically the same as other animals. But human motivation is also special. This book describes why human motivation is special and how it makes us who we are. Humans want to experience that their feelings, beliefs, and concerns are shared by others. They want to experience that what matters to them about the world, what objects, events, and issues are worthy of att ... More

Keywords: shared reality, human nature, human motivation, relationships, truth, feelings, beliefs, goals, norms, social roles

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190948054
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190948054.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

E. Tory Higgins, author
Stanley Schachter Professor of Psychology, Professor of Business, and Director of the Motivation Science Center at Columbia University

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