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Psychoanalysis and the question of self: A dialogue with spiritual traditions
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2016 (English)In: Journal of consciousness studies, ISSN 1355-8250, E-ISSN 2051-2201, Vol. 23, no 1-2, p. 179-195Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

From a psychoanalytic point of view it is. well established that an early development of a sense of self is crucial to a person's healthy development. At the same time, the psychoanalytic process can to a large extent be described as a deconstruction of narcissistic and illusionary apprehensions of oneself. With this as a background, I want to discuss the notion of self within a psychoanalytic perspective in relationship to the meaning of self and no-self within spiritual traditions. The most striking similarity between psychoanalytical and spiritual practice is identified as the (controlling) ego's surrender or letting go. The article ends with an attempt to characterize the self that is disclosed in the liberating experience of letting go.

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2016. Vol. 23, no 1-2, p. 179-195
Keywords [en]
Psychoanalysis, sense of self
Keywords [sv]
psykoanalys, självuppfattning
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Other Social Sciences Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-154100ISI: 000371001500013OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-154100DiVA, id: diva2:1190569
Available from: 2018-03-14 Created: 2018-03-14 Last updated: 2018-05-08Bibliographically approved

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