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Havens, L. (1986). A Theoretical Basis for the Concepts of Self and Authentic Self. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 34:363-378.

(1986). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 34:363-378

A Theoretical Basis for the Concepts of Self and Authentic Self

Leston Havens, M.D.


Concepts of self of Grossman, Kohut, and Kernberg are briefly summarized and some limitations suggested. The author proposes a theoretical basis of the concepts of self and authentic self parallel to superego development and the concept of ownership of impulses and values.

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