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Body Image And Self-image In Children. Phantom Phenomenon In A 3-year-old Child.

W. M. Easson
Published 1961 · Psychology, Medicine

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The self-image is not a uniform entity, but is rather a composite of constantly changing and interacting processes. To a request for self-picture, the response may be a physical description, a body image, or a description of emotional qualities, a psychic image. It can be noted that this physical description, the body image, is that of the actual body configuration but with exaggerations or diminutions, depending on the subject's particular sensitivities and feelings about his own body. This may be graphically illustrated by a self-drawing. Probably never does a subject reveal his total psychic image, he never "bares his soul," but rather he covers over or alters his self-revelation according to his own peculiar emotional composition. The total self-image thus appears to be an amalgam of psychic image and body image. This concept is akin to that of Federn, 1 who described "mental ego feeling," the
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