Self-Intimacy and Individuation

  • Giampiero Arciero
  • Guido Bondolfi
  • Viridiana Mazzola


Ipseity rather than as a produced thing appears as an event or rather as a phenomenon. The constitutive temporariness of human existence, its motility, is seen at each moment as a disclosure of meaning, as an intelligible space that opens up with respect to the meaningful things we encounter. Clearly, ipseity does not create the world, nor does it “constitute” it; rather, in each case, it comes to itself, it finds itself, while at the same time enabling the appearance of the world as something meaningful. This chapter elucidates the structure of ipseity in relation to the world, everyday life, one’s own history, the changes occurring over the course of one’s life, the unprominent sphere of meaning, the trauma, and the creation of a symptom.


Individuation Phenomenological unconscious Nachträglichkeit Symptom formation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giampiero Arciero
    • 1
    • 2
  • Guido Bondolfi
    • 2
  • Viridiana Mazzola
    • 3
  1. 1.IPRARomeItaly
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity Hospital of Geneva, Department of PsychiatryGenèveSwitzerland
  3. 3.Liaison Psychiatry, Department of PsychiatryUniversity Hospital of Geneva, Department of PsychiatryGenèveSwitzerland

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