The Neuropathologies of the Self

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The neuropathologies of the self (NPS) include disorders of the bodily self, the relational self and the narrative self. The author describes here several of the more common NPS including anosognosia for hemiplegia, asomatognosia, somatoparaphrenia, delusional misidentification of the self in the mirror, and personal confabulation. He analyzes these disorders within a hierarchical, four tiered model, and relate them to a developmental hierarchy of defensive, adaptive and motivational operations. Within the context of Ego Dysequilibrium Theory, he considers especially the high frequency of right frontal lobe pathology in these conditions especially regarding on the contributions of the right frontal regions to self monitoring and the integration of the self. Finally, he considers how these relate to psychological defense and ego functions in general and explore the implications of these findings for our understanding of the neuroscience of the self.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Roots of Cognitive Neuroscience
Subtitle of host publicationBehavioral Neurology and Neuropsychology
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199369201
ISBN (Print)9780195395549
StatePublished - 24 Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Anosognosia
  • Delusional misidentification
  • Ego disequilibrium theory
  • Ego functions
  • Psychological defense
  • Self
  • Somatoparaphrenia


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