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Advances in Psychological Science    2016, Vol. 24 Issue (1) : 83-90     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2016.00083
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Self: A Perspective from psychological counseling and therapy
SUN Bingli1,2; TIAN Yu1,2; SUN Haiyang1,2; WANG Wenzhong1
(1 Key Laboratory of Mental Health, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China)
(2 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China)
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Abstract  

Self is a core concept of psychological counseling and therapy. With respect to psychoanalytic, behavior, and cognitive therapies, the concept of self is only focused on behavioral and cognitive levels, and the newly emerging mindfulness based therapy extends the concept to body and perception. Findings for embodied cognition and cognitive neuroscience research suggest that body, perception, and cognition are inseparable, and they are closely connected with self. By incorporating extant evidence from psychotherapeutic theories and empirical studies, the current paper proposed an integrate concept of self, comprising rationality (symbolic function, cognition and emotion), sensibility (non-symbolic function, sensation and perception) and body (physiological function).

Keywords psychotherapy      mindfulness      embodied cognition      self diamond structure     
Corresponding Authors: WANG Wenzhong, wangwz@psych.ac.cn   
Issue Date: 15 January 2016
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SUN Bingli,TIAN Yu,SUN Haiyang, et al. Self: A Perspective from psychological counseling and therapy[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2016, 24(1): 83-90.
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