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Relational BeingBeyond Self and Community$
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Kenneth J. Gergen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199846269

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199846269.001.0001

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The Relational Self

The Relational Self

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Relational Being

Kenneth J. Gergen

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the concept of relational self and the reality of the mind in relation to the reality of bounded being. It considers the notion of mental life that is so central to individualism, how we can transform the language by which we live, and how we can recognize the primacy of relationship in all that we do. This chapter attempts to recast the discourse of mind so that separation is replaced by human connection as the fundamental reality. It also presents a revised understanding of the mental world in such a way that the wall between inside and outside is removed, with the mental no longer separate from relationship. Finally, it argues that we call thinking, experience, memory, and creativity are actions in relationship.

Keywords:   relational self, mind, bounded being, mental life, individualism, relationship, mental world, experience, memory, creativity

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