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The Cognitive Neuropsychiatry of Parkinson's Disease$
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Patrick McNamara

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262016087

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262016087.001.0001

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The Nature and Functions of the Agentic Self

The Nature and Functions of the Agentic Self

(p.37) 3 The Nature and Functions of the Agentic Self
The Cognitive Neuropsychiatry of Parkinson's Disease

Patrick McNamara

The MIT Press

This chapter defines the term ”agentic self” and discusses its nature and functions. The agentic self is defined as the aspect of human personality that is determined by future assessments of one’s goals, objectives, and actions. Agentic self functions are adversely affected by degenerating planning, selecting, and implementing the capabilities of an individual. This aspect of one’s personality plays a key role in the onset of Parkinson’s disease (PD) and associated neuropsychiatric disorders. A unified agentic self is composed of different cognitive components that influence the overall personality and future aspirations of an individual. PD has a significant adverse impact on the agentic self and its functions, resulting in progressive degeneration of the rational abilities of the patient.

Keywords:   agentic self, personality, Parkinson’s disease, neuropsychiatric disorders, aspirations, rational abilities

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