DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2017.01012

Advances in Psychological Science (心理科学进展) 2017/25:6 PP.1012-1024

Self-uncertainty: Concepts,structures,and theories

Self-uncertainty, which is induced by confusion/suspicion of important regarding one's psychological characteristics, is defined as a feeling of inconsistency and discontinuity, when contradictions or conflicts arise among one's cognitions, experiences, and behaviors. This article summarizes the literature on self-uncertainty and proposes a conceptual model, suggesting that its structure is composed of three dimensions:cognitive, affective and motivational. This article then introduces and integrates related theories and models in terms of uncertainty management. Future research should a) clearly define the concept of self-uncertainty and focus on the cultural difference factor; b) test different uncertainty management strategies with multiple perspectives; c) explore the mechanisms of self-uncertainty inducement and management; and d) explore how best to instruct people to take precautions against self-uncertainty and its management, instead of passively accepting the experience.

Key words:self-uncertainty,self,meaning-making,self-actualization,cultural worldview defense

ReleaseDate:2017-08-07 10:18:55

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