Matthew Ricard: THE DECONSTRUCTION OF THE SELF; part two

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As the neuropsychiatrist David Galin clearly summarizes, the notion of the “person” is broader.
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It is a dynamic continuum extending through time and incorporating various aspects of our corporeal, mental, and social existence.
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Its boundaries are more fluid.
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The person can refer to the body (“ personal fitness”), intimate thoughts (“ a very personal feeling”), character (“ a nice person”), social relations (“ separating one’s personal from one’s professional life”), or the human being in general (“ respect for one’s person”).
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Its continuity through time allows us to link the representations of ourselves from the past to projections into the future.
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It denotes how each of us differs from others and reflects our unique qualities.
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The notion of the person is valid and healthy so long as we consider it simply as connoting the overall relationship between the consciousness, the body, and the environment.
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It becomes inappropriate and unhealthy when we consider it to be an autonomous entity.
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