Preliterate Mentality and the Unity of Self

  • L. D. Hankoff


Western culture is informed by a premise that unity of self is fundamental to the normal state of mind. Any intrusion into this unity, a fragmentation, or a merging of the selves of more than one individual would be regarded as an obviously abnormal or extraordinary situation. One’s thoughts, feelings, and actions under normal conditions are perceived as one’s own. One experiences one’s self as an individual with a sense of will, personality, and personal identity. This sense of unity is consistent over time, that is, one thinks of one’s self as the same individual throughout one’s lifetime. Finally, one experiences one’s self as an individual, a personal entity separate from external objects.*


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© Plenum Press, New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • L. D. Hankoff
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Elizabeth General Medical CenterElizabethUSA
  2. 2.SUNY at Stony BrookNew YorkUSA

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