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Tag: Heinz Kohut

The Structure of Self

According to Self-Psychology, the Self is made up of three self-structures: the nuclear structure, the compensatory structure, and the defensive structure. The different layers of self-structure vary in flexibility and in the roles they play in determining who we are and how we behave.  These structures can be visualized as the layers of an apple, with the nuclear structure as the innermost “core,” the seeds of the self. The apple’s flesh would be the compensatory…