The Genetic Perspective (In Memoriam Jean Piaget, 1896-1980)

  • Thomas Kesselring Educational University
Keywords: Adualism, Cooperation, Decentration, Egocentrism, Self-Awareness, Respect, Social Interaction, Stage Theory in Piaget


The image of myself, the way how I view others and how they view me, profoundly influence each other. Their interaction is an essential basis for mutual respect. I’ll investigate their genesis from the perspective of Developmental Psychology, because it gives an overview over the intellectual and emotional prerequisites for social understanding and an insight into the underlying development principles. The analysis is based on the work of Jean Piaget, a 20th century giant in Developmental Psychology. Special emphasis is given to his considerations on egocentrism and its dissolution – decentration. It will be shown how and why between birth and adulthood the images of self and others undergo profound changes. What initially was a “me” becomes a person and then a personality.

Author Biography

Thomas Kesselring, Educational University

Dr Thomas Kesselring has taught Philosophy and Ethics in Brazil, El Salvador, Germany, Mozambique and Switzerland. He is a retired Professor of the Educational University in Berne, Switzerland.


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How to Cite
Kesselring, T. (2018). SELF-AWARENESS, SELF-ESTEEM, AND RESPECT FOR OTHERS. Journal of Dharma, 43(2), 121-150. Retrieved from