Core Self And Reflective Self

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The Developmental Mode
Fonagy and colleagues (1991) differentiated the concepts of pre-reflective self and reflective self. The former is the rudimentary and unmediated part of individuals’ internal world, while reflective self is more advanced and structured. The reflective self was depicted as an “internal observer” (p.203) that registers psychic events, reflects on mental experience and establishes representations of mental states like thoughts and feelings. Moreover, the reflective self is interpersonal that its representation is shaped by the experiences interacting with other people especially under emotional states. In other words, the reflective self is an achievement of development which evolves in the context of early attachment relationship.

The role of the caregiver is empathized in the development of the infant’s reflective self. The caregiver does not only take care of the infant physically but also psychologically by containing the infant’s overwhelming emotions, reflecting on the infant’s experience and representing it to the infant in a form that the infant can understand. The process mitigates the discomfort and frustration of the infant and provides an illusion that it is achieved within the infant’s control. The experience of being reflected on therefore becomes a part of the infant’s core self-structure. Later when the infant is aware of the existence of the caregiver, the confidence he or she has resulted from the experiences when his or her mental…
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