Organizing Self-Experiences

Marye O'Reilly Knapp


Psychotherapy can provide an organization of experiences so that a person attains a sense of self in relation to self and others. The first part of the paper addresses the developing self, the withdrawn self, and an introduction to the yearning self. The second part of the paper considers the domain of relatedness with a focus on the development of self via the concepts of coherence, agency, affectivity, and continuity in time.


isolated attachment; integrative psychotherapy; domain of relatedness; coherence; agency

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