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Self-Consistency: A Theory of Personality by Prescott Lecky

Updated on November 24, 2014

A Valuable Book on The Theory of Personality

Prescott Lecky's theory of Self-Consistency was developed in the 1920s and 1930s. He died in 1941. His theory was first published after his death in 1944. His theory is that instincts guiding learning and development of identity and personality were the result of a need to form an integrated and self consistent sense of reality. Once formed, a person's focus is to keep this consistent theory, even if it is not accurate.

Lecky's theory on self-consistency predated Leon Festinger's work on Cognitive Dissonance. Some say that Cognitive Dissonance is just the Self-Consistency Theory with a different name. However, Lecky explores some things that Festinger did not.

Lecky's "Self Consistency: A Theory of Personality" is a valuable book to those studying dissonance theory, learning, therapy, or persuasion.

Buy This Anchor Edition Which Features Lecky's Work, Unedited.

Self-Consistency: A Theory Of Personality
Self-Consistency: A Theory Of Personality

This Anchor edition of "Self-Consistency" presents Lecky's work in its original form. Certain chapters not of Lecky's authorship that were added to the second edition were deleted from the Anchor edition.

 

Book Description on the Back Cover - of the 1969 Doubleday Anchor Edition

Self Consistency by Prescott Lecky Book Description
Self Consistency by Prescott Lecky Book Description

Table of Contents ~ This edition contains Lecky's Original Work!

Self Consistency A Theory of Personality by Prescott Lecky - Table of Contents
Self Consistency A Theory of Personality by Prescott Lecky - Table of Contents

Other Editions

Island Press (1941) - Sorry, no picture available.

Island Press Edition (1945) - Edited by Dr. John F. A. Taylor.

Self-consistency, a theory of personality
Self-consistency, a theory of personality

This 1945 Island Press Hardcover edition presents Lecky's work as edited by Dr. John F. A. Taylor. There is a forward by Gardner Murphy from the Psychology Department of the College of City of New York.

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Shoe String Press Edition (1961) - Edited and Interpreted by Frederick C. Thorne

Shoeless Publishing Co (1994) - Sorry, no picture available.

The 1961 Shoe String Press Edition Edited and Interpreted by Frederick C. Thorne - Table of Contents

Self Consistency Edited by Frederick C. Thorne
Self Consistency Edited by Frederick C. Thorne

Dr. Walter Staples on Prescott Lecky's Theory

"Educator Prescott Lecky is credited as being one of the first to advocate self-image enhancement as a means to improve personal performance. In his book Self Consistency: A Theory of Personality, he argues that people fail to succeed because of a failure-oriented self-image, not because of a lack of ability. Lecky shows how negative, pre-conceived beliefs and expectations build up "mental roadblocks," convincing people in advance that it would be impossible for them, with their "limitations," to succeed." - This is a quote from this book:

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