We become ourselves through others.
Vygotsky (1964, p. 43)
From a young age, children form views of themselves as a person. How do they form such views? Guided by the idea that we become ourselves through others, I believe that social processes lie at the heart of children’s self-views.
My research focuses on the socialization of the self—how social processes shape children’s self-views, such as narcissism and self-esteem, and how these processes can be altered to help children flourish. Doing so, I seek to simultaneously advance our understanding of the self and develop interventions that bring about positive change in children’s real-world lives.
As such, my research lies at the intersection of social, developmental, clinical, and educational psychology. I am committed to theory-driven research in both laboratory and field settings.
University of Amsterdam
Research Institute of Child Development and Education
P.O. box 15780
1001 NG Amsterdam
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