Martin Dowson and Stuart Devenish: "Towards an Integrated and Integrating Model of the Self: Psychological and Phenomenological Perspectives"

This paper proposes a specific definition and model of the Self--and one that transcends classical psychological conceptions of the Self. This transcendence occurs by adopting a transdisciplinary psychophenomenological approach, which incorporates first-person perspectives from philosophical inquiry, and combines these perspectives with a model-based approach that is common in psychology and which forms the basis of psychometric modeling and empirical investigation. Specifically, the model combines key psychological constructs such as self-consciousness and self-concept, with key phenomenological entities such as the Knowing I and the Reflective Self, showing how these constructs and entities interact and interrelate within the self-system to form the substance of experience, perception and cognition.

2008 July 16

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