A Short History of the Inner Selves
People have known about inner selves since the
earliest days of psychology and therapy but talked about them under different names
such as sub-personalities, coping mechanisms, inner families and other similar terms.
Before that, for thousands of years the selves had been recognised as archetypes. Their
powers and activities in those days were usually attributed to different saints, gods,
goddesses or associated spirits.
Richard Schwartz .......
Schwartz considers that one of the best discussions of this work is found in The Social Brain by Michael Gazzaniga, the scientist whose early research on the different functions of left and right brain in the 50s and 60s altered forever our ideas about how thinking occurs. Gazzaniga's more recent research has led him to conclude that the original distinction between left and right hemisphere function was simplistic. The brain actually consists of an undetermined number of independently functioning units or modules with specialised functions.
As we go through our daily lives, different modules are accessed within us, typically without these shifts being part of our conscious awareness or control. For instance have you ever felt extremely sad or needy and started behaving towards your partner in a way that you were sure was going to make things worse and yet you were unable to stop yourself? Or felt as if something or someone had taken control of you? Or found yourself embroiled in an intense Inner debate that you couldnt turn off no matter what? These experiences are dramatic reminders of how our modular selves direct our everyday experiences (more particularly when we are feeling vulnerable.)
Victoria Resch - Sydney psychologist and voice dialogue trainer and
Robert Ornstein - Psychoneurologist .....
Sandra Karen Watanabe O.T.R. - Family Therapist - Boston ....
Other Terms and Models
* inner voices
* inner families
* adapted selves
* cast of characters
* protector or coping mechanisms
* coping behaviour or coping patterns
* adapted adult-child patterns
* ego states
NOTE: My thanks and appreciation to Dorsey Cartrwright, Houston Texas for her help in collecting this material.
Models of Multiplicity, Ego States and Multi personality models
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