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Concepts of Self IV: Toward an Ontology of Relationality
In part four of our series investigating concepts of self, philosopher and clinical psychologist Brent Slife discusses some of his pivotal premises for psychotherapeutic praxis. The discussion focuses on the idea that self-definitions and concepts of personal identity can only proceed from an ontology by which the "real" is to be found in relationships, not in the mental (cognitive) abstractions of isolate individuals.—Original airdate: 10/6/2006

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