Self-criticism and the psychic surface.

@article{Josephs2000SelfcriticismAT,
  title={Self-criticism and the psychic surface.},
  author={Lawrence Josephs},
  journal={Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association},
  year={2000},
  volume={48 1},
  pages={
          255-80
        }
}
It is postulated that the surface of the mind reflects a variety of shifting self-syntonic and self-dystonic contents striving to achieve a stable homeostatic balance. Shifts between self-syntonic and self-dystonic contents are seen to reflect an underlying intrasystemic conflict within the superego between conflicting superego injunctions. These shifts possess a cyclical quality, as self-syntonic contents become self-dystonic and as self-dystonic contents become self-systonic. This… CONTINUE READING
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