Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences

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A Subself Theory of Personality

  • David LesterEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8_2298-1


Previous theories of personality which have introduced the concepts of ego states, complexes, subsystems, subpersonalities, and subselves are briefly reviewed. A series of postulates and corollaries are proposed that form the skeleton of a formal theory of personality based on the concept of subselves. Structural, developmental, psychopathological, and psychotherapeutic implications are discussed.


Subself Multiple self Complexes Ego states Subsystems 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.PsychologyStockton UniversityGallowayUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Virgil Zeigler-Hill
    • 1
  1. 1.Oakland UniversityRochesterUSA