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By Neville Symington

Born of wide-ranging scholarship, a lifetime's psychoanalytic perform and deep own dedication and fight, this publication will problem specialist practitioners within the box and all those that take a major curiosity in knowing the human psyche.

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The true, the real, and the sane, then, are bound into the object world by bonds that are described as good and loving. The constellation of sanity, is made up of these components: the Real, the True, the Sane, the Good, and the Loving, which includes Acceptance, Trust, Freedom, and the Absolute. The constellation of madness has the negative function of smothering this sane constellation. 24 THE PATTERN OF SANITY The capacity to test reality is, then, dependent upon the degree to which there has been a comprehensive a d of acceptance.

We suggest differentiating personal action from impersonal action: what we call action that issues forth from the "narcissistic constellation" is impersonal, and that which is the creative act of an integrated centre personal. What constitutes the person, then, is action that is creative and that originates from an autonomous centre. It comes into being through communication with another person.

One has what the other lacks. Belief motivates me to act, whereas reasoning makes sense of the act. Belief always requires reasoning to support it, so a sane belief and a mad belief will always have the support of reasoning. In the former case we call it "reasoning" and in the latter "rationalization". However, the belief is the engine that drives the machine, as it were. The key to the reasoning that underlies the sane belief is contained in Chapter 1. The concept of existence as a unity includes all reality and excludes nothing.

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