chapter  II
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Psychoanalytic Theories of the Self: A Brief Summary

Theories of the self have led to more confusion than understanding in the development of psychoanalytic thinking. Freud's ambiguous use of the term ICH to refer to the self both as a whole person-subjective experiential-and to the ego (as translated by Strachey, 1966)-theoretical, more objective and mechanical-led to considerable confusion about the relationship between the self and the ego which persists to this day.