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PSYC 215 Lecture 7 The Self Who am I? Ex: He is in a grocery store, he is standing in a line, the line is long, he looks around and sees a crispy crunch, then he looks around again and grabbed a newspaper. Then he looks and he sees a mirror. He looks at himself and he wonders what kind of person he is. He has goals in life: he wants to be healthy. Why did he buy a chocolate bar? He thinks about it and puts it back down. One of the most amazing thing about human beings is that we are aware of ourselves. We can sit for hours just thinking about who we really are. We care about what we think about who we are. We want to feel good about ourselves. But sometimes we feel bad about ourselves. The topic of the self is one of the main aspects of the human mind. What self-related thinking seems to influence people’s emotions and behavior? Pursuit of fame, some people devote their lives trying to be famous. Ex; Kim Kardashian is very famous. Famous for being famous, she is good at it, she does is for a living. Why are we taking selfies? It has gotten to the point where people are getting hurt taking selfies, a lot even die. There is a craving for recognition. The idea is that you should create a brand about yourself (create an image of who you are, some manufactured image that you want others to think of when they think of you → an impression for the world to see), ‘’I struggle with low self-esteem all the time. I have so much wrong with me, it’s unbelievable.’’ – Angelina Jolie There is also the value of authenticity. Being true to yourself. We have all sorts of different pressures on us, but they all share the same idea: thinking about ourselves. o Examples: Pursuit of fame, value of authenticity, ‘’build a personal brand’’ o Why are we taking selfies? Ex: girl taking a selfie with a bear o We have all sorts of impressions and ideas that influence who we are and who we want to be. Self-Knowledge: "Who am I?" Self-knowledge; ‘’Who am I?’’. We are able to reflect on ourselves. Self-regulation; How do we control our behaviour to be the person we want to be. Self-evaluation; "How good/bad am I?" We want to feel good about ourselves. We want to be winner instead of losers. Self-knowledge: William James: : that moment of reflecting about our own being involves two things → the I thinking about the ME –“I” subject, agent –“Me” object of thought This sense of self that we have: What is it that we think of ourselves? At the core is that we can think about ourselves. We can turn our attention back onto the self. I may decide to think about
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  • Spring '08
  • MichaelSullivan
  • Psychology, psyc, Kim Kardashian

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