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Feelings and Things

Edward M. Hundert

in Philosophy Psychiatry and Neuroscience

Published in print November 1990 | ISBN: 9780198248965
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191681165 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198248965.003.0007

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Feelings and Things

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This chapter introduces the concept of ‘reality testing’ where connections are made between concepts such as ‘boundary formation’, and ‘primary and secondary process thinking’. Reality testing is now far from being an all-or-none question of ‘all = sane’, ‘none = insane’. Furthermore, it is discovered that the cognitive Kantian/Piagetian process of coming to experience both ‘self’ and ‘objects’ involves a painful acceptance of the separateness of those objects, of a limitation of one's own fantasized omnipotence. The integration, in this chapter, of the affective and the cognitive sides of experience both simplifies and complicates the unity found in defining madness as an ‘inability to reality test’. This chapter finally concludes by discussing that what is required is a healthy place in which one may free oneself from the ‘strain of relating inside and outside’.

Keywords: reality testing; sane; insane; self; objects

Chapter.  11935 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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