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Walls, G.B. (2004). Sociorelational Psychoanalysis and Agency: Reply to Commentary. Psychoanal. Dial., 14(5):699-705.

(2004). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 14(5):699-705

Sociorelational Psychoanalysis and Agency: Reply to Commentary Related Papers

Gary B. Walls, Ph.D.

The author notes that, overall, he and White seem to agree on many important issues that she writes about in her commentary, such as the necessity of recognizing both our shared humanity and the agency of separate, subjective selves. He argues, however, that White mischaracterizes what it means to think of the self as socially constructed, and he clarifies his views of how the concept of a socially constructed self may be related to individual differences in the same culture, and to personal agency. He responds to White's imputation that his paper implicitly prescribes a type of intervention or mandates some particular view of the Truth as a new theology, substituting a concrete environmental or social determinism for the abstract (intrapsychic) determinism that he criticizes. Finally, he responds to some interesting and insightful questions White raises about the case vignette of Mr. J that was presented in his essay.

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