Stranger in the Mirror

By Robert Levine

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International Perspectives in Victimology

Editor in Chief John P. J. Dussich, Ph.D.
Managing Editor Kieran Mundy, Ph.D.


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In Stranger in the Mirror, social psychologist Robert Levine offers a provocative, wide-ranging , and entertaining tour of the most personal and consequential of all land­ scapes: the entity we call our self. Who are we? Where is the boundary between ourselves and everything else? Are we all multiple personalities? And how can we control who we become? Levine tackles these questions with a combination of surprising stories, case studies, and cutting-edge research from biology, neuroscience, virtual reality, psycholo­ gy, and many other fields. The result challenges our assumptions about who we are and, most importantly, what we are capable of becoming. Transformation, Levine shows, is our human condition. Physically, our very cells are unrecognizable from one moment to the next. Cognitively, our self-perceptions are equally changeable: A single glitch can make us lose track of a body part, or of our entire body, or to confuse our very self with that of another person. Psychologically, we switch back and forth like quicksilver between incongruent , sometimes adversarial sub-selves. Socially, we appear to be little more than an ever-changing troupe of actors. And culturally, the boundaries of the self may stretch anywhere from the confines of one's body to an entire village. The self, it becomes clear, is a fiction-vague, arbitrary and utterly intangible. But it is also interminably fluid. And this, Levine argues, unleashes a world of potential. Fluidity creates malleability. And mal­ leability creates possibilities. Engaging, informative, and ultimately liberating, Stranger in the Mirror will change how you think about your self-and what it might become.

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