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.


Become a Member

To be counted as a member in 2018, and to receive a discount for the 2018 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 2017 Career Award Winners

The winner of the Distinguished Lifetime Career Award is Dr. Constantine Sedikides (University of Southampton). The winners of the Outstanding Early Career Award are Dr. Sapna Cheryan (University of Washington) and Dr. Mary Murphy (Indiana University). Congratulations!

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. 

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