The Echoes of the Mind (105) Self


Our greatest illusion is the believe that we are what we think ourselves to be. ~ Swiss philosopher Henri Frédéric Amiel

Self is a mental image: a psychological entrapment via identification and attachment to one’s own symbolic identity construct. Self-image is an internal representation of uniqueness, moral character, emotional maturity, cognitive, and physical strengths and weaknesses.

We retain our personal identity over time because we retain many of our earlier mental features, such as our thoughts, memories, and preferences. We retain our personal identity even though our bodies and outward appearance change radically over the course of a lifetime. ~ American psychologist Kathleen Corriveau et al

Self-identity is not a representation in stasis. It is instead a moving picture ballasted by what we imagine ourselves to be.

The ‘self-image’ is the key to human personality and human behavior. Change the self-image and you change the personality and the behavior. ~ American cosmetic surgeon Maxwell Maltz

Self-image is shaped through social interaction. Identity develops from the reflective images that others have of you, internal comparisons between yourself and others, and self-evaluation in view of feedback, all within the context of gender and cultural environment.

Identities are socially bestowed. ~ Austrian-born American sociologist Peter Berger