TrOn – Self-psychology

Dr Caroline Walker and reviewed by Dr Alun Charles Jones and Dr Stephanie Young

60 minutes

November 2011

TrOn learning module

TRON Self psychology.jpg

Self-psychology is a fast-evolving field of interest with profound relevance to modern day psychiatric practice.

Difficulties in the areas of self-concept, self-image, self-esteem, self-recognition and personal identity present themselves across a wide range of clinical conditions. We are uniquely placed as psychiatrists to help patients explore and resolve these complex and distressing issues, which may strike right through to the core of the self. We are also in the fortunate position of being able to investigate our own 'selves' as therapeutic tools and agents of change within our work.

Our role involves exploring and supporting the individual's life, incorporating all areas of the self – from the disturbed self-image of body dysmorphia through to the polarised self-worth of bipolar affective disorder and the changing roles that come with dementia.

Throughout this module you will find concise and thought-provoking content spanning the wide topic of self-psychology, interspersed with invitations to explore your own ideas around 'self' and to test your new-found knowledge with practice examination questions.


Log in to see options tailored to you