Relational Self

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CE Credit: 2

Length: 1 hour

Exam Items: 12

Ken Gergan turns the concept of the "self" on its head and explores the implications of the "self" as fundamentally relational, rather than independent or autonomous.  The acclaimed scholar explores the intriguing implications of the "relational self" for a wide range of human interactions, including marital relationships, therapeutic relationships, and broader social, cultural and political relationships.

Learning Objective 1
Describe the concept of the "relational self".

Learning Objective 2
Compare and contrast the "relational self" with traditional views of the self.

Learning Objective 3 
Identify at least three implications that this view may have for personal, social, or cultural relations.

Presenter: Kenneth J. Gergen, Phd

Kenneth J. Gergen, PhD, is a founding member, President of the Taos Institute and Chair of the Board, and the Mustin Professor of Psychology at Swarthmore College. Gergen also serves as an Affiliate Professor at Tilburg University in the Netherlands, and an Honorary Professor at the University of Buenos Aires. Gergen received his BA from Yale University and his PhD from Duke University, and has taught at Harvard University and Heidelberg University. He has been the recipient of two Fulbright research fellowships, the Geraldine Mao fellowship in Hong Kong, along with Fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science, and the Alexander Humboldt Stiftung. Gergen has also been the recipient of research grants from the National Science Foundation, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, and the Barra Foundation. He has received honorary degrees from Tilburg University and Saybrook Institute, and is a member of the World Academy of Art and Science.