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Representations

Representation, in this theory, is the term for a specific state of experience in oneself. We do not see the psyche as a consistent thing (THE Self), but rather as a specific form of actualising the present: “I am this special moment!”. These states can be very dependent upon context (in the office the tyrant, at home the henpecked husband), can be needs dependent (fear of closeness, but free from fear when giving a speech), or circumstance dependent (when relaxed very friendly, but when under stress very judgmental). The ability of the psyche becomes complex when

• certain representations are not conscious (but effective)

• it is not seen as a part of one’s own person (but is disputed in another)

• it is not allowed to be (because it is constrained by inner prohibition)

• it is not supported (because it is insufficiently practiced)

• it must not be shown (due to fear of rejection)

• it is classified as nonsensical (because it has not been understood)

• it is not clearly experienced (as everything is diffusely mixed)

Therefore, with regard to change, a vital significance is given to the separation of different representations and their concise perception. Personal responsibility and self-direction is only possible if all aspects and potentials of one’s own person is also accessible, and allowed to be accessible, to oneself. In the many variants, in which comparable concepts have spread within psychology (e.g. ego states, schema, inner team, IFS), the significance of this phenomenon is reflected once again.



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