The Structure of Self-Consciousness in Schizophrenia

Josef Parnas, Louis Sass

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This article examines the structure of self-consciousness in people with schizophrenia. The findings indicate that our self-experience is not neutral with respect to the metaphysical status of the self and that it is important to attend carefully to the experience of the subject in order to understand schizophrenia. The results also suggest that the variable disruptions in the sense of self-presence, first-person perspective, and the phenomenality of experience in schizophrenics directly affect the minimal self and it may also have implications for the narrative self.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of the Self
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191724848
ISBN (Print)9780199548019
StatePublished - May 2 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


  • First-person perspective
  • Minimal self
  • Narrative self
  • Schizophrenia
  • Self-consciousness
  • Self-experience
  • Self-presence


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