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Re: Identity disturbance

Posted by Sigismund on August 25, 2008, at 15:57:59

In reply to Identity disturbance, posted by Quintal on August 23, 2008, at 17:22:46

When Brecht was dying he heard some blackbirds outside the window of his Berlin hospital and wrote

'For nothing can be wrong with me if I myself am nothing. Now I managed to enjoy the song of every blackbird after me too.'

If it is true that our sense of self is a fiction, having a disturbed sense of self might (just sometimes) turn out to be an advantage.

I got a diagnosis of lack of a sense of identity (an idea from Erickson?) 35 years ago, and have been disturbed ever since (of course), but I do think the sense of self you have is something you work with and something which changes over time. It's not just given. My father wasn't impressed with this no sense of identity business. He could see I wasn't him.




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