Relationship between mind and body
What is the self? Freud believed that the greater part of what constitutes the self is subconscious information not consciously available to us, and therefore not consciously available information for introspection. Freud also spent many years studying physical symptoms of which there seemed to be no medical explanation. He drew links between mind and body experience.
Conflict within the mind has been found to have an impact upon the body. Identity and the physical body are shaped and formed by our visual experience. Self and self-identification are reflected in three ways; who we are on the inside, how we look on the outside, and how we are perceived by others.
There are two stages that we go through in regards to a sense of self. A self of fragmentation and a self of cohesiveness.
When an individual’s sense of self both physically and mentally matches in a cohesive and continuous manner, this cohesive sense of self is reflected in authenticity. The same on the inside as you are on the outside, which results in overall enjoyment of all of the different components that make up the self. A person feels whole and has a sense of wellbeing. This is a true sense of self in which an individual perceives that their inner and outer selves are aligned and real.
The absence of cohesiveness results in fragmentation. This is a false sense of self in which a person does not feel alive, the wearing of a mask, or false face they present to the world. This results in the need to hide internal emptiness behind a pretence of reality on the outside.
The false or true nature of self is extremely important to consider. It is the foundation of self-image or self-representation. A true or cohesive self enables you to make healthy personal and professional choices. This is called being an agent self. The agent self is composed of self-awareness, self-esteem, and self-deception. The agent self is the part of the self that makes decisions for healthy living. When you look at yourself and how you appear to others, this vision can either be accepted or rejected. You need to be able to ‘see’ yourself clearly in order to be your own self-agent.
In order to be able to get in touch with your subconscious, to align your mind with your body you need to be able to track events and reactions. Self-knowledge refers to the way an individual experiences self. Self-reflection allows us to be able to increase this self-knowledge in order to be able to know ourselves better.
A process of self-reflection is to actually look in the mirror and ask yourself several reflective questions. The process is about 4 different stages; describing, informing, confronting, and reconstructing. Take a look in the mirror, ask yourself these questions about your sense of self and see what you see.
1.What do I do that has allowed me to be like this?
2.What does this mean for me?
3.How does this work for me and how does this way of being work against me?
4.How am I going to do things differently?
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