The Self and its Disorders
In this seminar, you will be introduced to current thinking about several personality disturbances or mental disorders that involve major alterations of the self or sense of identity: narcissistic, borderline, schizoid, and schizophrenic conditions. We will discuss theories from psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and existential psychology. We will pay special attention to the perspective of the suffering individual, the possible relevance of modern and postmodern cultural factors, and the relationship between madness and rationality. The seminar offers an introduction to some key topics in contemporary psychiatry and clinical psychology.