By Todd E. Feinberg

ISBN-10: 019513625X

ISBN-13: 9780195136258

ISBN-10: 0195152425

ISBN-13: 9780195152425

It can be the inner most secret of philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience: how does the mind unite to create the self, the subjective "I"? In Altered Egos, Dr. Todd Feinberg offers a brand new concept of the self, in line with his first-hand event as either a psychiatrist and neurologist.

Feinberg first introduces the reader to dozens of fascinating instances of sufferers whose problems have led to what he calls "altered egos": a transformation within the mind that transforms the bounds of the self. He describes sufferers who are suffering from "alien hand syndrome" the place one hand may possibly assault the patient's personal throat, sufferers with frontal lobe harm who invent great tales approximately their lives, paralyzed sufferers who reject and disown considered one of their limbs. Feinberg argues that the mind harm suffered through those humans has performed extra than just impair convinced functions--it has fragmented their feel of self. After illustrating how those sufferers offer a window into the self and the brain, the writer provides a brand new version of the self that hyperlinks the workings of the mind with specified and private positive aspects of the brain, comparable to that means, goal, and being. Drawing on his personal and different proof, Feinberg explains how the unified self, whereas now not situated in a single or one other mind sector, arises out of the miraculous complexity and variety of the brain's part components.

Lucid, insightful, full of attention-grabbing case stories and provocative new rules, Altered Egos offers to alter the way in which we take into consideration human recognition and the construction and upkeep of human id.

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