Self, Soul, and Psyche

  • Wilford W. Spradlin
  • Patricia B. Porterfield


As we have postulated in the previous three chapters, man used his skill in differentiation to divide the world into two major blocks—the me block, or internal world, and the not-me block, or external world. By use of his word tools he constructed concepts of the external world that reflected his internal world. He anthropomorphized the external world and populated it with spirits, demons, and gods. By a curious twist he then postulated that his internal world was a reflection of his concept of the external world—that he was a creature like the gods or created by God in God’s image. It is a bit confusing as to whether God was manlike or man was godlike. This “image of God” concept was particularly prominent in the Christian paradigm that dominated Western thinking of several centuries.


External World Human Soul Internal World Symbolic Operation Training Analysis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wilford W. Spradlin
    • 1
  • Patricia B. Porterfield
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Behavioral Medicine and PsychiatryUniversity of Virginia School of MedicineCharlottesvilleUSA

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