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Selving : A Relational Theory of Self Organization - Irene Fast


A Relational Theory of Self Organization

Hardcover Published: 12th April 1998
ISBN: 9780881632064
Number Of Pages: 200

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In Selving: A Relational Theory of Self Organization, Irene Fast invokes the basic distinction between the self as me and the self as I in order to develop a contemporary theory of the self as subject. In a return to Freud's clinical finding that all psychological processes are personally motivated, she elaborates a notion of the I-self that is intrinsically dynamic and relational. Within this conception, our perceiving, thinking, feeling, and acting are not what our self does; rather, they are what our self is.

According to Fast, the basic unit of the dynamic I-self --of selving --is a scheme of personally motivated interaction between self and nonself. This notion, which comprehends development (and developmental failure) as a product of integration and differentiation among discrete I-schemes, provides a radically new framework for understanding those dynamic phenomena that Freud included within his structural model of the mind and that contemporary theorists have addressed within object relational perspectives. Via the notion of selving, Fast likewise brings fresh insight to a host of issues that have engaged psychoanalysts and developmental psychologists in recent years. These topics include the place of bodily experience in a relational model of mind, the organization of self as simultaneously individual and relational, the formulation of a constructivist model of psychic structure, among others.

Selving is not only a lucid demonstration of how a relational theory of self can reorder clinical observations in conceptually and therapeutically illuminating ways. It is also a convincing demonstration of how a constructivist model emphasizing the interactive nature of meaning-making provides bridges to Piagetian theory, developmental research, and observational infancy studies.

Toward the Notion of a Dynamic I-Selfp. 1
Basic Structuresp. 21
The I-Self: Our Ways of Making Meaningp. 43
Selving Without a Sense of I-Ness - I: Encoding Experience in Global I-Schemesp. 67
Selving Without a Sense of I-Ness - II: Id Experiences in Global I-Schemesp. 93
From Selving Without a Sense of I-Ness to First-Person Experiencing - I: Toward an Internal Worldp. 113
From Selving Without a Sense of I-Ness to First-Person Experiencing - II: Toward an External Worldp. 135
What Sort of a Self Is This Dynamic I-Self?p. 149
Referencesp. 171
Indexp. 177
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ISBN: 9780881632064
ISBN-10: 0881632066
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 12th April 1998
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 19.05
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1

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