International Society for Self and Identity (ISSI): An Interdisciplinary Association for Social and Behavioral Scientists
International Society for Self and Identity (ISSI):An Interdisciplinary Association for Social and Behavioral Scientists
The International Society for Self and Identity (ISSI) is a scholarly association dedicated to promoting the scientific study of the human self. The Society members come from all over the globe, representing many different academic and professional disciplines. The members of ISSI share an interest in cognitive, emotional, and behavioral processes related to the self-system. These include the ability for people to think consciously about themselves, to form images and concepts of what they are like, to evaluate their characteristics and capabilities, to plan deliberately for the future, to worry about how they are being perceived by others, and to direct their own behavior in line with personal standards. Because this ability to self-reflect has important implications for understanding behavior, the self has emerged as a central focus of theory and research in many domains of social and behavioral science.

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Become a Member

To be counted as a member in 2019, and to receive a discount for the 2019 Self & Identity preconference at SPSP, click the button below to enroll/renew your membership.

2018 SPSP Self & Identity Preconference

A preconference on self and identity has been a fixture of the SPSP conference for many years. Click the button below to learn more about the 2018 preconference in Atlanta, GA.

Self & Identity Journal

The official journal of ISSI is Self and Identity, which is published by Taylor & Francis. Self and Identity is a peer-reviewed academic journal that focuses on research and theory relevant to the aims of the society. Click the button below for more information.

ISSI Award Nominations

ISSI is currently seeking nominations for the 2018 Distinguished Lifetime Career Award and 2018 Outstanding Early Career Award. Click here to read about eligibility requirments and the application process. Click the "ISSI Award" button below to see a list of past recipents.   

ISSI President Elect: Dr. Serena Chen

 

The International Society for Self and Identity is pleased to announce that Professor Serena Chen of the University of California, Berkeley will be the next president of the organization, beginning her 3-year term on January 1, 2019. Dr. Chen is Professor and Vice Chair of Psychology and the Marian E. and Daniel E. Koshland, Jr. Distinguished Chair for Innovative Teaching and Research at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on the self and identity, interpersonal relationships, and social power and influence. She is a Fellow of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, American Psychological Association, and Association for Psychological Science. Dr. Chen was also the recipient of the Early Career Award from the International Society for Self and Identity, and the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Social Sciences Division of the University of California, Berkeley. 

Special issue of Self and Identity on “The Many Faces of Narcissism.”

 

Few concepts in psychology are as simultaneously familiar and perplexing as narcissism. The public seems comfortable with the meaning of “narcissism,” as celebrities, business leaders, and politicians are frequently called narcissistic in the popular media. Yet theory and research in psychology highlights diverse, sometimes conflicting, views of what it means to be narcissistic. Click here for more information. 

Special issue of Self and Identity on “Perceptions and Experiences of (People with) Unconvetional Identities.”

 

We are seeking empirical research of nontraditional identities, defined as those that are not commonly a focus in published identity research to date. They can be visible or invisible, chosen or not chosen, transitional, temporary, or permanent, and may be experienced, perceived, or inferred characteristics of individuals. Submissions may also focus on individuals who claim a particular nontraditional identity, or perceptions of real or hypothetical individuals who claim that identity. Click here for more information. 

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