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Philosophy Psychiatry and NeuroscienceA Synthetic Analysis of the Varieties of Human Experience$
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Edward M. Hundert

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198248965

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198248965.001.0001

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Feelings and Things

Feelings and Things

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Philosophy Psychiatry and Neuroscience

Edward M. Hundert

Oxford University Press

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

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