Nature of the Self Syllabus



Lynne G. Tenbusch, Ph.D.

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Week 1. Cushman, Philip. (1995). Appendix, pp 357-387. In CONSTRUCTION OF THE SELF, CONSTRUCTION OF AMERICA: DeCapo Press.


Week 2. Mitchell, Stephen A. (1993). Ch 4, “Multiple Selves, Singular Self”. In HOPE AND DREAD IN PSYCHOANALYSIS: Basic Books: New York.


Week 3. Pizer, Stuart A. (1996). “The Distributed Self: Introduction.” Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 73:499-509.


Week 3. Bromberg, Philip. (1996). “Standing in the Spaces.” Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 73: 509-537.


Week 4. Lachman, Frank M. (1996) “How Many Selves Make a Person?” Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 73: 595-615.


Week 4. Slavin, Malcom Owen. (1996). “Is One Self Enough?” Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 73:615-627.


Week 4. Lachman, Frank M (1996). “Yes. One Self is Enough.” Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 73: 627-631.


Week 5. Engler, Jack. (2003). “Being Somebody and Being Nobody” including commentaries. Ch 1, pp 35-101. In PSYCHOANALYSIS AND BUDDHISM. Wisdom Publications:Boston.


Week 6. Metcalf, Franz Aubrey (2006) “Illusions of the Self in Buddhism and Winnicott” in BUDDHISM AND PSYCHOTHERAPY ACROSS CULTURES (Ed. Mark Unno): Wisdom Publications, Boston


Week 7. Olendzki, Andrew. (2010). Ch 6, pp 123-139. In UNLIMITING MIND: THE RADICALLY EXPERIENTIAL PSYCHOLOGY OF BUDDHISM. Wisdom Publications: Boston.


Week 7. Aronson, Harvey B. (2004). Ch. 7, pp 64-90. In BUDDHIST PRACTICE ON WESTERN GROUND. Shambala Press: Boston and LondonWatson, Gay. (2000). Ch. 4, pp 30-40. “I, Mine and Views of the Self.” In THE PSYCHOLOY OF AWAKENING. (ed) Watson, Batchelor and Claxton. Samuel Weiser, Inc: York Beach, Maine.


Week 8. Abe, M. (1985). “The Self in Jung and Zen” The Eastern Buddhist, XVIII. Spring 1985:57-70. Also in THE COUCH AND THE TREE; DIALOGUES IN PSYCHOANALYSIS AND BUDDHISM. (1998). (ED) Molino, Anthony. Farrar, Straus and Giroux:New York. Pp 183-194.


Week 8.Van Dusen, W. (1958). “Wu We, No-Mind and the Fertile Void” International Journal of Psychology in the Orient. Vol 1, p-253-256. Also in THE COUCH AND THE TREE. 1998. pp52-57.


Week 8. Kopf, G. 1996. “In the Face of the Other; Psychic Interwovenness of Dogen and Jung. Doctoral Dissertation for Religion Dept. Temple Univ. Also in THE COUCH AND THE TREE. 1998. pp 276-288.


Week 8. Gombrich, Richard.( 2009). “What Did the Buddha Mean by No Soul?’ Ch 5, pp 60-75 in WHAT THE BUDDHA THOUGHT. Equinox Publishing Ltd: UK


Week 9. Peoples, Karen. (2000). “Why the Self Is, and Is Not, Empty: Trauma and Transcendence in the Postmodern Psyche.” Pp. 239-269. In PSYCHOANALYSIS AT IT’S LIMITS, (ed) Elliott, A & Spezzano, C.) Free Association Books, London.


Week 9. Watson, Gay (2000). “I, Mine and Views of the Self” in PSYCHOLOGY OF AWAKENING. (ed Watson, G., Batchelor S. & Claxton, G.) pp. 30-40.  Random House: London.


Week 10. Magid, B. (2000). “The Couch and the Cushion: Integrating Zen and Psychoanalysis” Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis, 28:513-526.

Week 10. Rubin, J. (1996). “Psychoanalysis is Self-Centered.” J. Amer. Acad. Psychoanal. 24:633-648.


Week 10. Rubin, J. (1996) “Beyond Self Blindness: Psychoanalytic and Buddhist Visions of the Self” pp 57-79. In PSYCHOTHERAPY AND BUDDHISM: TOWARD AN INTEGRATION. Plenum Press: New York.


Please note: This syllabus includes readings from many sources. The nature of the course is such that I could not take readings from just the PEP or from one or two books without compromising the content of the course.



Teicholz, Judith G. (1999). Ch 4, “The Self in Kohut’s Work and in Postmodern Discourse.” In KOHUT, LOEWALD AND THE POSTMODERNS. Analytic Press: Hillsdale, New Jersey.

Schulman, M. (1991). “The Problem of Self in Psychoanalysis: Lessons From Eastern Philosophy”. Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Thought, 14,595-624