Concept Of Self And Reflective Practices Essay

2240 Words Oct 2nd, 2016 9 Pages
Notion of ‘Self’ – Reflective practices A recent search of literature on the notion of ‘self’ was conducted for this essay; in reviewing the literature various authors each giving their beliefs and concepts have written many theories and provided many discussions on ‘self’ over the years. However, to write about each of the authors would take some time, therefore within the essay, a few of the authors theories on what their beliefs and concept are to the view of self are included. The first part of the essay examine: (a) how the self is seen, structured, and defined; (b) the implications of self on the therapeutic process; (c) the counsellors’ self-awareness in assisting or inhibiting the therapeutic process; and (d) the role of the client’s sense of self. The second part of this essay will reflect on the sense of self: (a) clarify who I am and knowing how this can contribute to outcomes in the counselling process; and (b) aspects of ‘self’ that may have negative outcomes on the counselling process. The aim of this essay is to gain an understanding of how the implications of ‘self’ in the counselling environment may assist or inhibit the therapeutic processes. Firstly, the origins of ‘self’ came into a concept with Freud, (1965), who referred to it as the ‘ego’ then Mead (1934) who defined that the notion of self as the “I and the me”. The author Horney, (1950) with the concepts of the ‘real self’, ‘ideal self’, ‘actual self’. Horney saw the roles of real self as the…

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