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Davies, M. (1988). Joel Ryce-Menuhin: The Self in Early Childhood. Published by Free Association Books, 1988. Hardback, £27.50. Paperback, £9.95.. J. Child Psychother., 14(2):110-114.

(1988). Journal of Child Psychotherapy, 14(2):110-114

Joel Ryce-Menuhin: The Self in Early Childhood. Published by Free Association Books, 1988. Hardback, £27.50. Paperback, £9.95.

Review by:
Miranda Davies

Recently there have appeared a number of books about the self, a concept that does not appear in Freud or Klein's psychologies; there, the self is associated with the ego. As Ryce-Menuhin points out, it was not until Winnicott and Kohut that psychoanalysis evolved a theory of the self, and even Kohut's influential self-theory is narrow in application when compared with Jung's idea of the self as the unity of the personality as a whole. “The self as a unifying principle within the human psyche occupies the central position of authority in relation to psychological life and, therefore, the destiny of the individual” (Samuels, Shorter and Plaut 1986, A Critical Dictionary of Jungian Analysis).The self is not only the centre”, Jung writes, “but also the whole circumference which embraces both conscious and unconscious; it is the centre of this totality, just as the ego is the centre of the conscious mind” (C. Jung, Collected Works, 12, para. 444).

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