Philippe Rochat


On his book Others in Mind: Social Origins of Self-Consciousness

Cover Interview of November 24, 2009

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Psychic life is determined by what we imagine others perceive of us.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“I look at young children and their development, but also at many other intriguing human propensities, to see what they have to tell us about the social origins and nature of human self-consciousness.”

On the second:

“With success comes expectations and social pressures, the risk of disappointing others and the feeling to have maybe reached a ceiling. This is what probably killed Pollock.”