By Todd E. Feinberg
It can be the private secret of philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience: how does the mind unite to create the self, the subjective "I"? In Altered Egos, Dr. Todd Feinberg provides a brand new conception of the self, in response to his first-hand event as either a psychiatrist and neurologist. Feinberg first introduces the reader to dozens of fascinating instances of sufferers whose issues have ended in what he calls "altered egos": a metamorphosis within the mind that transforms the bounds of the self. He describes sufferers that suffer from "alien hand syndrome" the place one hand may possibly assault the patient's personal throat, sufferers with frontal lobe harm who invent exceptional tales approximately their lives, paralyzed sufferers who reject and disown one in all their limbs. Feinberg argues that the mind harm suffered through those humans has performed greater than easily impair sure functions--it has fragmented their experience of self. After illustrating how those sufferers offer a window into the self and the brain, the writer provides a brand new version of the self that hyperlinks the workings of the mind with designated and private positive factors of the brain, similar to which means, objective, and being. Drawing on his personal and different facts, Feinberg explains how the unified self, whereas now not positioned in a single or one other mind quarter, arises out of the miraculous complexity and variety of the brain's part components. Lucid, insightful, choked with interesting case stories and provocative new principles, Altered Egos grants to alter the best way we predict approximately human awareness and the production and upkeep of human identification.
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Extra resources for Altered Egos: How the Brain Creates the Self
What are you doing here? PATSY: You all tell me I have a weak left side. FEINBERG: I'm sorry? PATSY: You FEINBERG: PATSY: And FEINBERG: all say I have a weak left side. We all say you have a weak left side? I don't agree! And you don't agree? PATSY: No. FEINBERG: Why? PATSY: Because I know I don't! FEINBERG: It feels fine? PATSY: Yes. FEINBERG: There's no weakness over there . . PATSY: No. ] FEINBERG: Now raise the other arm for me. Raise your left arm for me. Can't you do that for me? ] Did you do it?
Or different? Or ... MARIANNE: Cleaner. Different. Nothing important. But I would notice they were not the same. During the time Marianne was on the psychiatric service, her psychosis was treated and amazingly she began to realize that there really was only a single apartment. As she described it, "Because as the film disappears, the dreamlike experience dissolves. " The Family Romance The estrangement, disavowal, denial, or alienation from persons or objects often with their accompanying devaluation and their subsequent reduplication in fantasy is a theme that reverberates not just throughout neurology, but also throughout the study of child development, religion, literature, and, as we have just seen, mythology.
It is from our inside point of view, our inner personal perspective, that we experience the world. Under most conditions, the distinction between self and the world is obvious. I feel that I am not the chair on which I sit. While it may seem as if the boundaries of the self are obvious, they are in actuality more dynamic than rigid. They are not fixed; they are relative. Things or other persons can be relatively close to the inner core of the self's experience, or they can be quite removed. "1 For example, your shoes on your feet are objects that are to me egodistant.
Altered Egos: How the Brain Creates the Self by Todd E. Feinberg