Whereas other creatures would generally be primarily located in physical space, humans also need to be located in the symbolic/grammatical medium of linguistic space. For development of autonomy, the self needs to acquire an effective voice in the community. In turn this requires a capacity for the individual to be able to represent her, or himself in an interpersonal environment. Communicative exchange is the basis for the experience of significance in life. This involves analogical representation of personal feeling, using the medium of language. Growth of self involves differential processing of positive and negative affect. Inclusion and collaborative engagement are the basis of well-being, rather than the satisfaction of drives.
AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND ASSOCIATION OF PSYCHOTHERAPY
25th ANNUAL CONFERENCE, 18 - 21 September 2014
State Library of NSW, Sydney Australia
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