was one of the primary canons postulated by the British psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott (1896 - 1971) in the larger and wider known object relationships theory.The false self is the self that develops as a defense against impingements and in adaptation to the environment.

FALSE SELF: "Donald Winnicott, a prominent British psychoanalyst suggested that a false self (in object relations theory) was part of the self defence mechanism."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "FALSE SELF," in PsychologyDictionary.org, May 11, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/false-self/ (accessed September 23, 2021).