“False Self” & Modern Christians

Wonderful… “the True Self is a sense of being alive and real in one’s mind and body, having feelings that are spontaneous and unforced.”

The Smiling Pilgrim

With my blog I try and challenge and inspire.  Challenging perceptions and ideas is important – It is how we grow.

I have done this by the social angle, I have done this by the philosophical angle, and I have done this by a religious angle.

Now maybe time for a Psychological Angle? 😉

In Donald Winnicott’s thought there is a “True Self and False Self”.

True self

“Only the true self can be creative and only the true self can feel real.”  For Winnicott, the True Self is a sense of being alive and real in one’s mind and body, having feelings that are spontaneous and unforced. This experience of aliveness is what allows people to be genuinely close to others, and to be creative.

False self

In Winnicott’s writing, the “False Self” is a defence, a kind of mask of behaviour that complies with others’ expectations. Winnicott…

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