chapter  8
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Social Identity and the Sovereignty of the Group: A Psychology of Belonging

Investigators are working very productively on the self, time conceiving as a tripartite entity comprised of an individual self, a relational self, and a collective self. This chapter explores the implications of research and three enduring questions about the self. The three enduring questions are: how the self is represented in memory, the nature of self-motives, and the role of phenomenological experience. The tripartite self, comprised of the individual, relational, and collective selves, is the latest in a long line of multipartite models of self and personality. This set of empirically based, theoretical distinctions has given rise to the tripartite model explored in the present chapter. The relational and collective selves to be coequal and independent of each other. The initial inspiration came from the insight that what cognitive psychologists were discovering about categories, concepts, and memory structures answers the enduring questions. The conception of motivation guided the research derived from an exceedingly individualistic view of the self.