Social constructionism and metapsychology: a dialogue about the concept of self

Carla Guanaes Marisa Japur About the authors

The concept of self had become central in clinical psychology, in such a way that it is hard to find a theory that doesn't make use of it. However, some theorists have criticized some traditional concepts of self, emphasizing their constructed and local nature. Our aim is to present how this concept has been described in some psychoanalytic and constructionist approaches, thus favoring an understanding about their differences. With this, we intend to favor an approach of therapists with social constructionism, once this perspective has promoted a critical view about the way we construct meanings about the world and the self.

social constructionism; psychoanalitic theory; self

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