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Identity, Inner Life and Psychological Change

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Somebody forgot to include a table of contents in this book. The title Identity, Inner Life and Psychological Change states its major parts. The large typeset of the book, the naturalness of expression, the personal and social importance of its topic, the wholeness, richness, and balance, the informedness by clinical experience and scientific advances, including in brain science, all these conspire to seduce and grip and to expand the reader’s mind. Here is the missing table, loosely speaking, best I put it together quickly for such an organic work as this:

 

Identity

    Thinking

    Temperament

    Personality

    Sexual Attitudes

    Feeling

    Values

    Interests

    Career

    Relationships

    Pleasures

    Personal Continuity  

    Goals

    Creativity

    Time Alone

    Emotional Venting

 

The Road to Identity

    Genetic and Biological Factors

        Physical Appearance

        Temperament

        Anxiety

        Depression

    Environment

        Social Layers

        Intra-Family Factors

    Free Will

        Contra Purely Free Will or Psychological Determinism

 

The Meaning of Inner Life

 

Inner Life Rejected

 

Augmenting Inner Life Experience

 

The Process of Psychological Change

 

I got to open the book only this week. I have read only the Identity part of the book so far, which is why there is more detail for that in my table. That part sets up the background for the dynamics to follow. I had immediately ordered this work upon learning of it last fall because of the Inner Life part, which interest would be expected from the second paragraph of the S personal note above. 

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