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Meissner, W.W. (2009). The Genesis of the Self: IV. Implications for the Analytic Relation and Process: Part I. The Self as Integral Subject. Psychoanal. Rev., 96(2):297-336.

(2009). Psychoanalytic Review, 96(2):297-336

The Genesis of the Self: IV. Implications for the Analytic Relation and Process: Part I. The Self as Integral Subject

W. W. Meissner, S.J., M.D.

The preceding considerations of the genesis of the self (Meissner, 2009a, 2009b, 2009c) and related reflections on the role of language in the development of the self (Meissner, 2008a, 2008b, 2008c, 2008d) have a significant degree of relevance and implication for the further understanding of the analytic relation and process. These developmental processes and dynamics provide a basis for understanding the role of the self in the therapeutic interaction. As we have seen, while the rudiments of the self arise early in the developmental course, they undergo differential patterns and courses of elaboration and evolution. The concept of the self I am reflecting on in these essays is the self-as-person, embracing the totality of the human person, including all dimensions, characteristics, and properties that we would regard as belonging to the human person, including both body and mind (Meissner, 2001). The self as such is envisioned as a unified and coherent entity describable in distinguishable dimensions articulating aspects of its heterogeneous composition, functioning, and activity.

These component aspects were described in the first paper in this series (Meissner, 2009a).

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