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The Self and its Defenses

From Psychodynamics to Cognitive Science

  • Massimo Marraffa
  • Michele Di Francesco
  • Alfredo Paternoster
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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Michele Di Francesco, Massimo Marraffa, Alfredo Paternoster
    Pages 1-7
  3. Michele Di Francesco, Massimo Marraffa, Alfredo Paternoster
    Pages 9-54
  4. Michele Di Francesco, Massimo Marraffa, Alfredo Paternoster
    Pages 55-94
  5. Michele Di Francesco, Massimo Marraffa, Alfredo Paternoster
    Pages 95-145
  6. Michele Di Francesco, Massimo Marraffa, Alfredo Paternoster
    Pages 147-177
  7. Michele Di Francesco, Massimo Marraffa, Alfredo Paternoster
    Pages 179-185
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 187-219

About this book

Introduction

This book presents a theory of the self whose core principle is that the consciousness of the self is a process of self-representing that runs throughout our life. This process aims primarily at defending the self-conscious subject against the threat of its metaphysical inconsistence. In other words, the self is essentially a repertoire of psychological manoeuvres whose outcome is self-representation aimed at coping with the fundamental fragility of the human subject. This picture of the self differs from both the idealist and the eliminative approaches widely represented in contemporary discussion. Against the idealist approach, this book contends that rather than the self being primitive and logically prior, it is the result of a process of construction that originates in subpersonal unconscious processes. On the other hand, it also rejects the anti-realistic, eliminative argument that, from the non-primary, derivative nature of the self, infers its status as an illusory by-product of real neurobiological events, devoid of any explanatory role.

Keywords

Attachment theory bodily self-awareness defense mechanism introspection Mentalization Narrative identity Pre-reflective self-consciousness Psychological self-awareness self self-conciousness unconcious cognition cognitive psychology identity medicine mind philosophy psychoanalysis psychology Self

Authors and affiliations

  • Massimo Marraffa
    • 1
  • Michele Di Francesco
    • 2
  • Alfredo Paternoster
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Roma TreRomeItaly
  2. 2.School of Advanced Studies IUSS PaviaItaly
  3. 3.University of BergamoBergamoItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-57385-8
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-57384-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-57385-8
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