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The Complexity of Being David

The Complexity of Being David

When we acquire language, we enter into a medium which is not dependent upon individuals. While individual selves are dependent upon language for growth and self-definition, the reverse is not the case: language exists independently of each individual person. In this paper, therapy is seen as a process of association and re-association. Self is realized in language through exchanges of understanding involving analogical relatedness. Each person strives, starting from the position of vulnerability, to acquire an embodied symbolic order that will allow growth as a self-organizing system. Illustrations are given of the vulnerable self, and its need for recognition.

Two sessions are examined briefly, using the “Change in Self-experience Rating Scale” (CSERS), an instrument that allows both patient and therapist to rate a session transcript, on the basis of shifts in perceived self-experience. The process of realization of self, occurring in conversational exchange, is also illustrated. The role of therapy in assisting the evolution and development of prospective, evolving stories of self, for our patients, is highlighted.

Speakers: Anthony Korner