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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2019, Vol. 27 ›› Issue (7): 1238-1247.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2019.01238

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Self-others overlap and related concepts

ZI Hongyan, HE Jiamei()   

  1. Liaoning Collaborative Innovation Center of Children and Adolescents Healthy Personality Assessment and Cultivation, Dalian 116029, China
  • Received:2018-09-11 Online:2019-07-15 Published:2019-05-22
  • Contact: Jiamei HE


Self-others overlap is the overlap of self-concept between individuals and others. In previous studies, multiple concepts of self-others overlap were proposed, and different measurements were formulated to measure the two dimensions of perceived closeness and overlapping representation. Moreover, a variety of methods were developed to modify an individual’s self-other overlap with others. Furthermore, this article analyzed the relationships between self-other overlap with relational self, self-expansion, and social distance. It was found that self-others overlap is the result of self-expanding activities through including the others’ identities, resources, and perspectives into themselves. In future, it is necessary to explore the neural mechanism of the self-other overlap, in addition to negative impacts on the interpersonal relationship.

Key words: self-other overlap, relational self, self-expansion, social distance

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