Chapter

The Scattered Self

Ruthann Knechel Johansen

in Listening in the Silence, Seeing in the Dark

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780520231146
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927766 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520231146.003.0006
The Scattered Self

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This chapter sheds light on the feelings and actions of the family members of Erik after having been brought back home following a long stay in a hospital and rehabilitation center after his accident. Erik's parents recognized the wide and awkward gap between his chronological age and his social behavior, and undertook several steps to recover his diminished affective expressiveness and fulfill his need for human acceptance. Erik was in the process of transition from one form of existence to another and was passing through developmental stages. The gap between conventional behavior and Erik's sometimes impulsive actions or disconnected thoughts occasionally led to surprising outcomes, but they were consequences of brain injury and not the expressions of playful cunning or creative experimentation. The activities of his family members during the first two or three weeks at home reflected their desire to reintegrate Erik into the intimate family circle and into a wider social community.

Keywords: chronological age; social behavior; social community; affective expressiveness; impulsive actions

Chapter.  10584 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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