Subjective Nature Of The Psyche

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The term “interpersonal” refers to what happens between actual people as well as what happens between their mental representations of themselves and others (Summers, 1994). People are not individual units – they are inseparable from their interpersonal field, and their minds are constituted by the internalization of their interpersonal relationships (Summers, 2005). Accordingly, most perceptions of others are actually internal aspects of one’s self. I believe William James captures the essence of the Interpersonal model in his quote. For me, he seems to be saying that one cannot think of an individual without also considering all the others with whom the individual has interacted. Therefore, when two people meet, they do not actually only meet each other as they are, they are meeting a “product” of all those who have been internalized in each person as well. 2) Objective v. Subjective nature of the psyche. In his attempt to understand human motivations and behaviors, Freud developed more structured, mechanistic and scientifically based theory of the human mind. While his methods were congruent with the zeitgeist of his time, and his discoveries and ideas were invaluable, he ended up triggering an unintentionally deleterious trend by attempting to make the study of the mind objective (Aron, 1991) thus de-personalizing psychology (i.e., loss of the subject-subject relation in favor of the object-subject). The human mind (psyche), by its very nature, cannot be
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