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The I and Being Human

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The "I" in the title pertains to the core of self that persists over time. These are challenges that elude people like social scientists, philosophers, or critics of literature and the arts, who would chronicle or explain humanity's doings. This informative, engaging, and joyous book by Norman N. Holland offers a usable model for the aesthetics, psychology, history, and science of the human subject.

Holland begins by modeling the self as a theme and variations, constant yet ...

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Overview

The "I" in the title pertains to the core of self that persists over time. These are challenges that elude people like social scientists, philosophers, or critics of literature and the arts, who would chronicle or explain humanity's doings. This informative, engaging, and joyous book by Norman N. Holland offers a usable model for the aesthetics, psychology, history, and science of the human subject.

Holland begins by modeling the self as a theme and variations, constant yet constantly changing. He shows how symbolization, perception, cognition, and memory all contribute to the sense of I, hence how any one I grows out of a specific history and culture but also out of experiences all humans share.

Holland proposes a scientific psychology based on his model, fusing the experiments of academic psychology with the insights of psychoanalysis. He illustrates his theory by the lives of George Bernard Shaw, Scott Fitzgerald, and other writers, as well as Freud's patient "Little Hans," in adulthood a famed stage director at the Metropolitan Opera. The I and Being Human attempts nothing less than to draw together aspects of the self, such as objectivity and subjectivity, that have eluded connection. In so doing, Norman Holland offers a rereading of psychoanalysis as a theory of the I.

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“Cognizant not only of psychoanalytic and literary experience, but of experimental psychology, linguistics, anthropology, cultural history, and philosophy of science. I know of no contemporary work of theory so available and useful to humanists, social scientists, and scientists.” —Paul Schwaber, Wesleyan University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412811378
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/15/2010
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 412
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Norman N. Holland is Marston-Milbauer Eminent Scholar Emeritus and associate director of the Institute for Psychological Study of the Arts at the University of Florida. He was the founder of the online discussion group PSYART, the online journal PsyArt , and the PsyArt Foundation. He is the author of numerous books including Literature and the Brain , Meeting Movies , and The Critical I.

Norman N. Holland is Marston-Milbauer Eminent Scholar Emeritus and associate director of the Institute for Psychological Study of the Arts at the University of Florida. He was the founder of the online discussion group PSYART, the online journal PsyArt , and the PsyArt Foundation. He is the author of numerous books including Literature and the Brain , Meeting Movies , and The Critical I.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Edition xi

Preface xv

Part I The Aesthetics of I

1 Themes and Wholes 3

Holistic Analysis 7

The Table d'hôte Dream 13

426718 17

Iiro 18

Conclusion 21

2 The Idea of Identity 23

The "Promising" Writer 23

Identity 33

The Rat Man 37

3 Three Identities and an Identity Principle 51

A Prostitute 51

G. B. Shaw 56

Dr. Charles Vincent 67

The Identity Principle 73

A Sixth Metapsychological Point of View 79

Part II A Psychology of I

4 Symbols 85

Sam and Sandra 95

DEFTing 100

5 Perception 107

Perceptual Psychology 110

Feedback 112

Perception, Symbolization, and Identity 123

6 A Model of Mind 128

A Linking of Loops 131

Higher and Lower 139

The Top 142

Culture 144

Model and Definition 151

Part III A History of I

7 Development as Dialogue 159

Characterologies 160

Development as Hike 164

Development as Dialogue 170

8 The Birth of an I 177

The Baby-Watchers 179

The Preverbal Dialogue 187

Teddy Bears 198

9 Zones and Modes 203

The "Nomic" Stage 203

Planning 207

The "Intrusive" Stage 209

10 Gender and Oedipus 215

Little Girls 219

Other Sexualities 228

11 Questions and Answers 233

An Epigenetic Dialogue 236

12 After Oedipus 246

Little Hans 250

Not So Little Hans 264

From Adult to Infant 272

The Story of I 278

Part IV A Science of I

13 Science and I 283

This I 284

"Scientific?" 288

14 The State of the Arts 300

The Experimental Psychologists 300

The Psychoanalysts 308

15 An Idea of Psychology 315

Conclusions 324

Appendix. The I, the Ego, and the Je: Identity and Other Psychoanalyses 331

Classical Psychoanalysis 334

Ego-Psychology 340

A Psychology of the Self 355

Bibliography 364

Index 383

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