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The Person, Sick or Well

Eric J. Cassell

in The Nature of Healing

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780195369052
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979103 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369052.003.0002
The Person, Sick or Well

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Discussions of healing, sickness, function, and almost everything else in this book are centered on the person. What persons are is explored in depth. Sickness changes persons, so the impact of sickness on persons is also explored. Person is distinguished from self. A person is an embodied, purposeful, thinking, feeling, emotional, reflective, relational very complex human individual of a certain personality and temperament, existing through time in a narrative sense, whose life in all spheres points both outward and inward and who does things. Each of these terms is a dynamic function, constantly changing, and requiring action on the part of the person to be maintained—although generally the maintenance is habitual and unmediated by thought. Each of these aspects of person is discussed. All persons are communal, but they are also different in each aspect of their existence.

Keywords: person; self; relationships; emotion; anxiety; fear; love; thought, flow of; dissociation; body

Chapter.  13692 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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