Sense of self
Updated: Aug 21, 2020
“What human beings can be, they must be.”
- Abraham Maslow
To me the sense of self indicates two aspects in an individual, one is the paradigms, schemas and beliefs that we create and two is the reflection of society on our consciousness. This is how the brain manages all the information that is flowing in and creates an understanding of its surroundings.
This shows that we are what paradigms and our societal reflections make us. Self for me is what I perceive, how I perceive it and the lingering effect of those perceptions on my daily life.
Abraham Maslow, the founder of humanist movement in psychology said, “To be human is to be imperfect.” This means that we cannot be perfect and shouldn’t be striving for it, but rather be on an unending road to change the existing paradigms, and create new one's as the once we have will never be enough for the constantly changing circumstances. Leaving us wanting to be our future selves and never arriving.
Our sense of self is something that is depended too much on the external stimulus, what we should be striving for is to internalise that process for it to not effect us directly.
Find the triggers for paradigms and learn to correct the pattern in which we create them, so that we don’t have to be working towards them all the time. Creating a way to create paradigms can change the equation all together. Automating the process will let the adaptation happen with the change of circumstances in life.