International Society for Self and Identity

An Interdisciplinary Association of Social and Behavioral Scientists
About Us
The International Society for Self and Identity (ISSI) is a scholarly association dedicated to promoting the scientific study of the human self. The Society members come from all over the globe, representing many different academic and professional disciplines. The members of ISSI share an interest in cognitive, emotional, and behavioral processes related to the self-system. These include the ability for people to think consciously about themselves, to form images and concepts of what they are like, to evaluate their characteristics and capabilities, to plan deliberately for the future, to worry about how they are being perceived by others, and to direct their own behavior in line with personal standards. Because this ability to self-reflect has important implications for understanding behavior, the self has emerged as a central focus of theory and research in many domains of social and behavioral science.
2010 Membership
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ISSI sponsors preconferences on the Self and Identity at the annual meetings of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology (SESP) and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP).

Each year ISSI honors two researchers who have made important empirical and theoretical contributions to the understanding of self and identity. The Early Career award is given to a researcher who has made such contributions within 10 years of obtaining a Ph.D. The Lifetime Career award is presented to a researcher who has made a sustained contribution throughout his or her academic career.
Self & Identity Journal
The official journal of ISSI is Self and Identity, which is published by Psychology Press. Self and Identity is a peer-reviewed academic journal that focuses on research and theory relevant to the aims of the society.

Academic Books
ISSI maintains a list of books that focus on topics related to self and identity. ISSI members may be eligible for special discounts. If you are aware of a book that seems relevant, please let us know by emailing