chapter  5
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Ongoing Challenges to the Clinician’s Sense of Self

Sullivan went on to describe how moments of escalating anxiety form the basis of the infant’s sense of “bad-me” and how our most poorly grasped, dreadful moments create “not-me.” He called good-me, bad-me, and not-me three personi‰cations and stated, “The essential desirability of being good-me is just another way of commenting on the essential undesirability of being anxious” (p. 165). Thus, the consciously knowable sense of self (“I”) stems from experiences that have been interpersonally successful in avoiding anxiety.