O Self Como Centro de Ação em James e Winnicott (Self-agency in James and Winnicott)

Agora 17 (1):27-42 (2014)
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Our goal is to investigate the notion of self-agency in William James and Donald Winnicott. With James, we examine the descriptive element of what constitutes a self. With Winnicott, we explore his explanatory theory on self-emergence. Winnicott's perspective is presented here as the prehistory of the Jamesian self. James's conception of self is similar to the Winnicottian notion of an "integrated self", an embodied position that emerges from the organism's actions in the experiential field. The combination of the two approaches leads to the idea that the self is a flux of identities emerging in interaction with others in the "transitional space" (an intermediate area of experience).

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Claudia Passos-Ferreira
New York University


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