## Know thyself : bipolar disorder and self-concept

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2022
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Philosophical Explorations ; 2022. - Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group. - ISSN 1386-9795. - eISSN 1741-5918
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This paper addresses an important yet neglected existential issue sometimes faced by persons with bipolar disorder (BD): confusion about the extent to which what one is like is influenced by BD. Although such confusion is common in psychiatric illnesses, BD raises idiosyncratic difficulties due to its intricate interactions with personality, cognition and behavior. The fluctuating mood phases of BD can generate inconsistency in one's self-experience and sense of self. One way to resolve this confusion would be to coherently account for BD within one's overall self-concept. To facilitate this task, this paper introduces a heuristic taxonomy of different relationships wherein BD can be viewed in light of self-related beliefs. The relationships are as follows: (1) BD contributes to the self, (2) BD scaffolds the self, (3) BD gradually becomes part of the self and (4) BD is not part of the ‘real self’. As the individual presentation of BD varies extensively, the type of relationship one feels holds true depends on one's personal experience of managing and living with the disorder. These relationships act as an organizing framework for one's self-related beliefs about how to account for the effects of BD on personality, behavior, cognitive patterns and other self-expressions.
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ISO 690CARLS-DIAMANTE, Sidney, 2022. Know thyself : bipolar disorder and self-concept. In: Philosophical Explorations. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group. ISSN 1386-9795. eISSN 1741-5918. Available under: doi: 10.1080/13869795.2022.2147982
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@article{CarlsDiamante2022thyse-59434,
year={2022},
doi={10.1080/13869795.2022.2147982},
title={Know thyself : bipolar disorder and self-concept},
issn={1386-9795},
journal={Philosophical Explorations},
author={Carls-Diamante, Sidney}
}

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