Self-management in psychiatry as reducing self-illness ambiguity

Roy Dings, Gerrit Glas

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In this paper, we argue that a crucial component of ‘self-management’ as management of the self consists of reducing what John Sadler has called ‘self-illness ambiguity’ (Sadler 2007). The paper seeks to supplement Sadler’s view on self-illness ambiguity in two ways. First, we zoom out of self-illness ambiguity and provide a philosophical analysis of self-ambiguity more generally. We will argue that ambiguity may arise both on the level of (unreflective) self-experience as well as on the level of (reflective) self-understanding. Acknowledging these levels and their interplay enables us to see how self-ambiguity might arise and how it might be reduced or even resolved. Second, we zoom in on self-illness ambiguity and elucidate some of the contextual, conceptual and epistemological obstacles that may arise when trying to reduce self-ambiguities in a psychiatric context (such as self-illness ambiguity).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333-347
Number of pages15
JournalPhilosophy, Psychiatry & Psychology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020


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