We become ourselves through others.
Vygotsky (1964, p. 43)

From a young age, children form views of themselves as a person. How do they form such views? Guided by the idea that we become ourselves through others, I study the social processes lie at the heart of children’s self-views. My research lies at the intersection of developmental, social, and personality psychology.

My research focuses on the socialization of the self—how social processes shape children’s self-views, such as narcissism and self-esteem, and how these processes can be altered to help children flourish. Doing so, I seek to simultaneously advance our understanding of the self and develop interventions that bring about positive change in children’s real-world lives.


These sketchnotes, summarizing my research findings, were done by Debbie Donsky, EdD, whose amazing work can be found here.