chapter  16
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The Kaleidoscopic Self

The developmental analyses of self are not always framed in terms of the three forms of self-representation considered here; that is, the individual, relational, and collective. They do, however, make reference to the various forms and, at the same time, argue against simple partitioning. Thus, most evidence is consistent with a multidimensional model, in which changes along various dimensions are interactive with one another (Damon & Hart, 1982). Further, most developmental accounts have suggested that the dynamics of self-representation increase in complexity as the child grows into adulthood, making simple partitions less, rather than more, likely for the developed human being.