Re: Macguffin

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    Dear Ted,

    > > The sense of self arises from the formation of the Self-Other
    > > distinction.
    > And how does this distinction get drawn? Does it draw itself, or is it
    > drawn by an actual self demarcating itself from nonself, i.e. "other."

    The scenario in human development goes something like this. The first
    relevant distinction seems to be between family and strangers, who
    provoke anxiety. The mother or caretaker provides a safe place, a home
    base. The child begins to venture out into the world, frequently
    returning to home base or looking at the mother (checking in). Then
    rather suddenly the mother becomes the other, provoking anxiety, and
    there is no home base. Since everything is other, there is an implicit
    sense of self, but it is not developed. Shortly, however, the anxiety
    lessens and a personal space, a new home base emerges. A sense of self
    begins to develop.

    None of this requires an "actual" self, OC. ;-)



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