Chapter 1. Subjectivity and Ipseity

  1. Giampiero Arciero and
  2. Guido Bondolfi

Published Online: 3 SEP 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470749357.ch1

Selfhood, Identity and Personality Styles

Selfhood, Identity and Personality Styles

How to Cite

Arciero, G. and Bondolfi, G. (2009) Subjectivity and Ipseity, in Selfhood, Identity and Personality Styles, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470749357.ch1

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 SEP 2009
  2. Published Print: 18 SEP 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470517192

Online ISBN: 9780470749357



  • subjectivity and ipseity;
  • painful displacement - disappearing into nothingness;
  • from Kant to cybernetics;
  • Relational Self - impact on contemporary psychology and psychotherapy;
  • constructionism to constructivism, from family therapy to narrativism;
  • sense of self and variety of experience;
  • nonlinear systems and construction of self;
  • Kantian conception of subjectivity;
  • the continuity of the sense of self


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • From Kant to cybernetics

  • The sense of self and the variety of experience

  • Nonlinear systems and the construction of the self

  • The organization of living systems and constructivism of the self

  • Robert's self from a systemic perspective

  • The continuity of the sense of self

  • The return of the world and the question ‘Who?’

  • Finding itself in things and with others

  • Reflection

  • Meaning

  • Inclination

  • Endnotes