I-Me-Mine

James H. Austin

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What psychological role does Me serve in the human triad of Self? We are sentient creatures easily threatened. Things harm Me. Events bruise and batter Me. The Me is our fearful Self. Me is the pronoun cast in this vulnerable role. Research in rats and lower primates suggests how humans might minimize some elementary limbic contributions that create this fearful Self. Animal research provides other hints: how to diminish my Self’s strong instincts to hold on like a pit bull, tightly attached to any material possession and opinion I believe is Mine; how to become less angry when my turf is threatened.

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