Author(s): Neville Symington
In this book I attempt to sketch out a 'psychology of the person'. The definition of 'person' implies that no two people, even identical twins, are the same. Although this is obvious, and no sensible person would quarrel with such a view, yet many terms are used that imply that there is a sameness between two or more people. For instance, it is often said that one individual is identified with another which, in ordinary language, means that he or she makes him or herself the same as the other, yet this is an impossibility...So, what is a person? How is a person different from someone who is not a person? This book set out to answer these questions. I try to formulate a 'psychology of the person', which I don't think has been done...I hope that one fruit of this book will be to heighten awareness of those theories and models which implicitly imply the banishment of the person. The author, from the Introduction.
Neville Symington is a member of the British and Australian Psychoanalytic Societies. His books include Narcissism: A New Theory, The Making of a Psychotherapist, A Pattern of Madness and Becoming a Person Through Psychoanalysis (all published by Karnac Books); The Analytic Experience, and The Clinical Thinking of Wilfred Bion (written with Joan Symington). He has a private psychoanalytic practice in New South Wales, Australia