The Webster’s Dictionary defines “self” as the person someone normally or truly is. I find this hard to understand, words of certainty are used but I am no more certain of the self. Normally is defined as not strange. Truly is similarly defined as without doubt. Prior to being asked, what is the self and how do you know? I never gave the idea much thought. It seemed that the self was something permanent, undeniable and certain even through the vast changes that exist in the world. Having spent some time thinking critically on the matter I discovered that the self is not a constant. There are indeed aspects of the self which remain reasonably constant such as, physical appearance; otherwise we would lose our sense of identity. For the most part what defines a person and creates a sense of self for each individual is fluid, changing and highly subjective. For certain the only thing which stays completely normal and true is that we indeed maintain a self which is developed through interactions with our environment, this includes other people. Also the self gives us awareness of our own actions and identity as unique and singular individuals. Self can only exist as long as we understand it to be true and have an environment with which to frame it. Once we die, there is no longer a “self” because the social, physical and mental processes which converge no longer meet to assume a self. It’s easy for one to outline what they think, but it’s the “why” that gives an opinion power. There are theories which contradict what I believe to be the main characteristics of self. Functionalism claims that our thoughts are mere processes which serve a certain function. Essentially the brain is a complicated highly adapted machine which serves a purpose. Also, the exact entity which fulfills the function is not relevant because in theory anything could be designed to perform the same functions (Solomon, Higgins). I don’t disagree that Functionalism holds a valid point rather I question its relevance. Functionalism argues that the mind is simply a complicated process to which we give meaning. What I do disagree with is the extent to which our mind has an effect on our body and brain by allowing us to realize more than just the chemical reactions. The processes of Functionalism give meaning to life, emotions, actions and our surroundings through thoughts. The fact that the brain creates all we experience gives it no less meaning because, try as we might, we cannot remove our mind from the equation. The mind is created by the brain and the body but it also exists outside of us. Self exists in the same manner because it’s part of our mind. I argue that self must exist, even in an abstract sense because we are able to think, perceive and discuss the various ideas of self. Giving the self a true definition and establishing what make each person’s self is another matter. What characterizes my “self” and why? How is the self so real in everyone’s life yet unreal in the rational sense? We are born with unique bodies and unique brains which from the start foster an individual who cannot be the same as another human being. I share aspects of personality, physicality and experience with others. What I do not share is the unique self that arose from my social interactions and are interconnected with my body and brain. The self can only exist because we all feel it as something which is true. I define myself with words and thoughts this involves a framework and is developed through social interactions. Before a baby can speak, walk or talk they have emotions which drive them. For example, we all feel hunger, pain and pleasure. As a child grows they gain a deep understanding of what it means to be human, while absorbing vast frameworks which are used establish “self”. Babies learn to name and classify the feelings which they have. Everyone learns to classify themselves as individuals. I am real because I exist…
Our perception is often skewed by what the media or what others deem as attractive and beautiful. Self-concept affects individuals directly through interpersonal communications and how others perceive several aspects of our behaviour and attitudes. Self-Esteem and Body Image are also common factors which help define who we are, and are significant in today’s society. These three issues today, can have a huge impact on an individual’s development and overall personality. By definition, perception…
8 February, 2015
Self and Society
The debate between Walter Lippmann and John Dewey is based on whether or not the public has the capability to to learn how to govern itself correctly in a democracy. Dewey had a great faith in the public's capacity, while Lippmann was skeptical of the public's policy-making ability. I think that both of these arguments hold water and a combination of the two is what is needed in order to form an effective democracy.
The self is first and foremost the collection of beliefs that we hold about ourselves, simple but interesting. The first question posed to us is what are our import characteristic. People put on a show daily so they can fit into their surroundings, with that being said integrity and accountability is key. Self esteem is the evaluation we make of ourselves, and when we use reflective appraisals we need to apply that integrity to give our self a true self assessment and show accountability when…
Nov 17th 2014
After the very first speech of this course, which is the demonstration speech, I made a big improvement for this one. Speech is no longer my biggest fear because by this time, I’ve watched enough good examples from my fellow classmates. Plus, I’ve learned from my previous speech mistakes and know how to fix it, putting my second speech to another different level. However, positive and negative are alway come together. Even though I did better than the…
Building High Self-Esteem
Self-esteem: belief in one's own abilities and of being capable of meeting life's challenges and being worthy of happiness.
Example: This is my first quarter in college, I'm taking 4 classes. I believe in myself that I will finish this quarter with good grades- A or B. I don't need a C :)
Self-concept: facts, opinions, beliefs, and perceptions about oneself that are present every moment of everyday.
Low self-esteem: negative talking, low achievement, lack of self-confidence…
The concept of ‘self-leadership’ sounds, at first glance, to be self-defeating. Individuals want to be led to greater heights in their career and in the areas of job satisfaction, performance and motivation - but they need to do that by themselves in a vacuum where no one else can openly critique them. Our concept of ‘leadership’ in the traditional sense needs to be redefined in order to fully understand the notion of self-leadership, or as Manz and Neck see it, ‘self-influence’:…
Self Employment definition:
Being a self employed tennis coach means you are earning money
for yourself from customers, clients, or other organizations as
opposed to yourself being employed by a person or business.
Self employed people usually find their own work rather than being
provided work by an employer. They will earn their income from a
trade or selling a product that people want. In this instance it would
be tennis coaching.
Self employed tennis…
friend, a boy friend, a new job or any new relationship, but disclosing can also happen with people we have known for a long time or not. Scholars define self-disclosure as sharing information with others that they would not normally know or discover, but I feel like each person has his or her own way of defining what self closure is. To me, self disclosure is letting myself go and trusting the person I am disclosing to, it involves risk and vulnerability on my part sharing important information to…
This paper is about the impact of self-esteem on daily life. The more negative thoughts and feelings you have about yourself, the lower your self-esteem. People with low self-esteem often have little confidence in their abilities and question their self-worth.
A common scenario, which exemplifies a lack of self-esteem, features college students who say, "It won't do any good to study. I won't make a good grade anyway." These students think they are doomed to failure because of poor performance…
Deliberate self-harm is a term that covers a wide range of behaviours some of which are directly related to suicide and some are not. This is a relatively common behaviour that is little understood. This essay provides an overview of the nature and extent of those most at risk of self-harm, including causes and risk factors. Examining some of the stereotyping that surrounds self -harm, and looking at ways in which self-harm can be prevented.
A useful definition of self-harm is from…