Week 1- Barker, Chapter 1

I found the section describing psychoanalysis interesting, because it talked about how the self is fractured. We acquire unity of the self over time through interactions with others and with social discourses. As we relate to the world, we are formed into at least an illusion of wholenss.  Along this line of thought, we learned in one of Chap Clark’s classes that adolescents exist on many different levels, and are unable to unite those levels of existence into a united whole. A kid will have one identity when she is playing volleyball, another when she goes to church, another at home,  etc… These identities are in total contradiciton of one another, and yet the adolescent does not see the disconnect. Does this have anything to do with psychoanalysis and the fracturing of the self that Freud talked about?


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