The Self

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The Self




Who am I? What am I? Where am I going? These questions have baffled the minds of
humankind for centuries, since man was able to evolve a concept of self and consider his
own nature. Man has come a long way since that day, but has no further answers in the
quest for "Self-Concept". Who we are is, and always will be a reflection of different yet
individual societies and environments in which we live. The roles we play in our specific
societies give us a place of belonging and self. The self as an entity exists on two
levels: mental and physical.

Diverse environments and habitats are what give us our individuality and our ideas of
self. What I mean is; would I be the same person I am now if I was born and raised in
say, Saudi Arabia? Is my view of my self the same as my ideal self? I am tall; thin have
short hair, fairly goal oriented. Is this how I perceived myself ten years ago. Am I the
same person I was ten years ago? I am and I'm not. I am still in the same body, only
bigger and still have most of the same interests and viewpoints on things, but I'm also
different. I have expanded my knowledge, and elaborated on some and changed some views I
once had. I was born in Canada and raised with the social norms and values of that of a
Christian as opposed to that of a Muslim. I have never experienced war or lived in a
society controlled by a Monarchy. My entire lifestyle would be different. My upbringing
would be different. All my experiences would be different. My idea of norm and thoughts
on gender, race and religion would be differed. I would have different goals and heroes
and activities for enjoyment. I would be a completely different person than I am now, due
to the fact that I was raised in an entirely different culture than my own. My idea of
self would contain altered aspects than now. As of now, I live and have always lived in a
free, peaceful society. The role I hold in my specific society makes me who I am and
gives me a place of belonging. To participate in society, we must become increasingly
more considerate of others and less self-centered.

Let us examine the first statement. "Who am I" "I" as a physical entity exist due to the
laws of physics. Atomic structure is very real, and has been proven through scientific
experimentation. I know, from Einstein's Theory of relativity that everything is energy.
Everything is made up of atoms in exact sequence with one another making up solid forms
through atomic bonds. Separation of these bonds is how we break objects apart. From
Science, everything has atomic structure. I know I have a physical form, and that I am a
solid entity and know this because it is true. I have what we call through linguistics a
"body" and I have solid structure. All humans share the same basic physical makeup
whether they like it or not. It's slight variations in physical appearance that creates
racism and discrimination. The idea of a superior race or gender is absurd, but
unfortunately it exists through people's insecurities and false cognitions of superiority.
Example, I have a penis and I am Anglo-Saxon, therefore I am superior. The false idea
that superiority is found through sexual gender and or racial makeup is what will probably
be the downfall of the human race. Not to stray from topic, but the idea of self is where
one feels he or she fits into society. Our specific roles we play and what we do all
mould us into unique selves. Because of the immensity of the earth, variation is vast.
People come from and live in different societies containing different beliefs with
different values and social norms. Makeup of individualism is purely reflective in
different environments and societies in which we live.

During our development, a mentally intact individual learns about their own self, as well
as about their physical and social worlds, and adapts themselves to their total
environment. They cognitively derive ideas and beliefs providing meaning and
interpretation of themselves from their interactions with others. Our concepts are
secretly implied and manifested through interactive behavior with others. Social
interaction involves participation in social exchange and conduct.

Humans construct views, attitudes and perceptions of themselves. They derive views,
attitudes and perceptions of others. The expectations they construct of others structures
their environment and provides them patterns of behavioral response which gives them,
status arrangement of their social world and their relationships within it. They
elaborate and recognize their self from results of their social participations. Patterns
of social behaviors are traditionally described as roles in a social organization. Roles
are the social opportunities for expression of self. Not to be too psychological on the
subject of self, but psychology has everything to do with our cognitive self. The way we
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