The answer to the question, “What is self?” – we’re getting into detail with the research and deeper understanding within this blog!
What is self is widely debated and differs between psychologists,
philosophers, scientists, and other experts. Have you ever tried to answer this question yourself?
It’s quite difficult!!
WHO AM I?
It seems the two most common answers to the question are quite polarised. On the one hand are
people who believe the self is really nothing more than a collection of perceptions or even tricks of
the brain. An artificial construct made up of opposing neural systems trying to make sense of all the
information that has made its way into our brains. On the other are the more spiritual, who believe
the ‘self’ is our immortal soul.
Psychologists are very interested in self-identity, self-esteem, self-regulation, and self-improvement.
However, a Psychology Today article insists that if we are to understand what the ‘self’ is, we must
examine closer several interacting mechanisms within each of us. These involve molecular (genetic),
neural, psychological, and social components.
THANK YOU FOR SCIENCE!
Thanks to science, it’s easier now than ever before to understand the self at the neural level, which
is really a bunch of patterns and organic chemicals firing across groups of neurons. On the
psychological level, we can compare the ‘self’ to the personality – an accumulation of traits and
patterns that determine the way we think, feel, and behave.
GETTING DEEP INTO THE GENETICS!
And, of course, on the molecular level, you have genetic influence. Dr. Thagard, author of the aforementioned article, also makes an
excellent point: that it is, in fact, quite challenging to examine the ‘self’ without considering the
interactions it has with other people – particularly the ones that influence us and the ones we strive
to differ from.
Buddhists believe that one cannot come to fully know, understand, or embrace our “true self” until
we have conquered our ego, the part of the ‘self’ that keeps us tethered to and surviving in this
reality. To truly accomplish this, one must be able to be fully conscious and present in the moment
without emotion or judgement, simply observing the reality we’ve found ourselves in, in its entirety.
Interestingly, this is also the goal of mindfulness.
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