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The self, abandonment depression and the neurobiology of personality disorder.

Caroline Andrew

Concepts of “self” are often bypassed, defined as fluid or deemed too difficult to validate, yet according to Gerald Edelman, any theory of mental function has to account for the centrality of the problems of consciousness and self.

One model which has developed a rigorous and operational definition of self is one developed by the late James Masterson, M.D, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at Cornell University. His original empirical research focussed on “what happens” to acting out behaviour in troubled adolescents as they transition to adulthood.  

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Caroline Andrew

Caroline Andrew is a psychologist in Sydney who has been testing this model for twenty five years. She trained with the late Professor Masterson, and her ongoing supervisor for over twenty years has been Dr. Ralph Klein who was Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the Institute for Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. Caroline has presented her work nationally and internationally, the most recent a paper in 2011 at the World Conference for Psychotherapy on “The Emergent Self”.

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