Monday, November 19, 2012

Being in Touch

How can we get in touch with ourselves? A simple question with no easy answer. Here is an interesting idea: By developing symbolic thought processes!

Segal (1979) notes that the symbolic thought is necessary for communication both with others in the external world and with one's own unconscious fantasies. ...
[For] people who are `well in touch with themselves' there is a constant free symbol-formation, whereby they can be consciously aware and in control of symbolic expressions of the underlying primitive fantasies. The difficulty in dealing with schizophrenic and schizoid patients lies not only in that they cannot communicate with us, but even more in that they cannot communicate with themselves. Any part of their ego may be split off from any other part with no communication available between them. [p. 169]
... the person is able to return to earlier unresolved conflicts symbolizing both the repaired whole objects of the depressive position and the persecutory and idealized objects of the paranoid-schizoid position. ... This oscillation between the concrete experience of the paranoid-schizoid position and symbolic experience of the depressive position allows the individual to find enrichment in the reservoir of unconscious fantasies and to re-experience the terrors of the past. --- pp.131,132, Between Emotion and Cognition

2013-03-05: Interesting idea. I really like the opening sentence of the quote from Segal (1979), "[For] people who are `well in touch with themselves' there is a constant free symbol-formation, whereby they can be consciously aware and in control of symbolic expressions of the underlying primitive fantasies." Very intriguing idea!
Because being in touch with ourselves, is the first step to knowing ourselves and then realizing our true self, I added "Authenticity" to the labels of the post :)

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