Self-study and the process of self-reflection is a process that lends itself to care of the self. Individuals interpret themselves based upon their view of the world. But what is your individual experience and therefore your view of the world? Based upon your experience that you have had in your life, you actually have different kinds of selves that you have developed that give rise to your dynamic self, which depends upon your current context.
This means that how you view yourself is based upon your social context, how you are viewed socially. Therefore, socially there is more than one way of being and therefore your way of being in the world can be changeable. We not only direct ourselves outwardly, but also inwardly, challenging the limits of self-identity and experience. To be existential means that are you being true to yourself, but what if, this sense of self is screwed? What if based upon your experiences you are nit actually being true to your true sense of self?
Existentialism is about authenticity. The existential self, is about the awareness of authenticity in which an individual is viewed as consistent and separate. Your way of being is the same on the inside as it is on the outside.
Sense of self, however is obtained from feed-back from others in social encounters and this feedback constructs the framework upon which identity develops. This determines the way in which you view yourself, and as well suggests how satisfied you are as an individual. The way in which you see yourself physically, academically, professionally, socially and privately comprise your self-concept. This depends upon whether you have achieved your life goals, your ability to be self-sufficient, make your own decisions, and feel equal yet different from others, as well as your feelings of being trustworthy and honourable, and, are how much you view yourself as being able to emotionally self-regulate.
Therefore, based upon this viewpoint, your sense of self is actually socially determined. The development of self takes place in an inter-relationship with your environment. You do actually create yourself in a social enterprise. Individualism prompts us to ask, “Who am I” and this question is posited when individual’s encounter others with hidden selves.
Identity is formed in relationship, comprised of roles and activities that are either validated or invalidated by others and reflected in how you see yourself.
Introspection, however is a means of gaining in self-knowledge. This feedback is how you obtain from information from others to either challenge or support your internal sense of self. Congruency is the equalization of the internal sense of self with self-experience and the sense of the ideal self, resulting in a sense of authenticity. To work towards the sense of congruency, you need to become more conscious and more purposeful. The ability to learn from and adapt increases from experience. The experience that you need to gain from, is based in knowledge of self, others and your experience of food. Each of us has different experiences, and the truth is without food knowledge, we have no idea of how to manage our weight. Therefore, our self reactions to how we are experienced by others are skewed, based upon the fact that we don’t get food. All we need to do is to be able to get the food that we eat and therefore change your sense of self.
On the quest to lose 50 pounds in a year. Can she do it? Only time will tell....with the help of this blog.