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Trop, J.L. Trop, G. (2018). Self Psychology and the Concept of the Nuclear Self: A Dynamic Systems Perspective. Psychoanal. Self. Cxt., 13(2):160-170.

(2018). Psychoanalysis, Self, and Context, 13(2):160-170

Self Psychology and the Concept of the Nuclear Self: A Dynamic Systems Perspective

Jeffrey L. Trop, M.D. and Gabriel Trop, Ph.D.

The purpose of this article will be to review some self psychological concepts and describe their commonalities and differences with system theories that have emerged under the umbrella of a dynamic systems framework. There are several important elements of self psychological language and theory that cohere with a systems vantage point. There are also elements that are not consistent with a dynamic systems perspective, such as the nuclear self. The concept of the nuclear self has the potential to galvanize psychoanalysts to look for the buried essence of structural properties and a preprogrammed design. It is our view that the language and underlying theory of psychoanalysis should be consistent with the fluidity, variability, and soft assembled nature of a systems viewpoint.

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