Identity, Inner Life, and Psychological Change


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October 2013

Identity, Inner Life and Psychological Change

Allan Blumenthal, MD



In the fall of 1991, I had gone to Europe for the first time. I went with a friend to Florence. The very first evening there, on a walk after dinner, I twisted my leg avoiding a rush of people coming towards us, and the tibia snapped in two. In December David’s institute was featuring an evening presentation by Alan Blumenthal. I was in a cast for a long time, but I had advanced to a half-cast and could bend my knee in time to get on a plane for New York. There I was with my backpack, on my crutches, doing Christmas shopping. That evening Dr. Blumenthal gave his presentation “Inner Life.” Very, very important.
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Somebody forgot to include a table of contents in this book. The title Identity, Inner Life and Psychological Change states its major parts. The large typeset of the book, the naturalness of expression, the personal and social importance of its topic, the wholeness, richness, and balance, the informedness by clinical experience and scientific advances, including in brain science, all these conspire to seduce and grip and to expand the reader’s mind. Here is the missing table, loosely speaking, best I put it together quickly for such an organic work as this:





Sexual Attitudes







Personal Continuity



Time Alone

Emotional Venting

The Road to Identity

Genetic and Biological Factors

Physical Appearance





Social Layers

Intra-Family Factors

Free Will

Contra Purely Free Will or Psychological Determinism

The Meaning of Inner Life

Inner Life Rejected

Augmenting Inner Life Experience

The Process of Psychological Change

I got to open the book only this week. I have read only the Identity part of the book so far, which is why there is more detail for that in my table. That part sets up the background for the dynamics to follow. I had immediately ordered this work upon learning of it last fall because of the Inner Life part, which interest would be expected from the personal note above.

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