The self

  • David Fontana
Part of the Psychology for Professional Groups book series (PPG)


One of the most interesting exercises we can attempt with anyone is to ask them to write an essay entitled ‘Myself’. Interesting not only from our point of view, since it is a good way of learning about people, but interesting from the other person’s point of view as well. Faced with the task of writing about ‘myself’, most individuals find themselves rather daunted. It is not just that they feel shy at the thought of writing about who they are, it is that they genuinely do not know what to say. We each of us experience ourselves at every moment of our waking lives, yet when it comes to putting ourselves into words, we uncover all kinds of problems.


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© David Fontana 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Fontana
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Wales College of CardiffUK
  2. 2.University of MinhoPortugal

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