An analysis is presented of psychological patterns emerging in contemporary life. The Protean style is characterized by constant shifts in identification and belief, and results from such broad factors as the velocity of historical change, the revolution in mass media, and the effects of 20th-century holocaust. The self can no longer be considered a fixed concept in psychiatry, and the term self-process is preferable.
Lifton RJ. Protean Man. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1971;24(4):298-304. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1971.01750100008002