The self not taken: How alternative selves develop and how they influence our professional lives

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This article introduces the construct of alternative selves—self-redefining counterfactuals that are part of the self-concept. This construct adds the parallel time line of what could have been to the temporal framework underlying theories of the self. I discuss how alternative selves develop and how they influence people’s professional lives, and I outline the implications of this construct for research on the self-concept, life stories, and counterfactual thinking.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-57
JournalAcademy of Management Review
Issue number1
Early online date1 Jan 2012
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012

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