Who Are You? Who We Are, Know Thyself - Psychology (Pt.1)

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Would you agree that you are an individual self?

I am myself. You are yourself. We are each ourselves.

Individual aspects of reality each have an identity. This is part of philosophical metaphysics and categories of being to understand characteristics, aspects, attributes, properties and qualities of what 'is' in reality. In the Trivium Methodology, this is the Knowledge-Grammar-Input gathering of data.

Reality, existence and the universe has variability, diversity and multiplicity. Identity distinguishes one thing from another.

A is A. A is not B.

This is the Law of Identity. It includes the Law of Excluded Middle and the Law of Logic, of Non-Contradiction.

Law of Identity: "Whatever is, is."
Law of Non-Contradiction: "Nothing can both be and not be."
Law of Excluded Middle: "Everything must either be or not be."

- Bertrand Russel

We have an identity as physical beings, our bodies.

We also have identities as metaphysical beings, our consciousness.

As an individual self, we have a body, and consciousness emerges from the body. Without a body, there is no consciousness to emerge and exist. Consciousness is the nonphysical, immaterial and "hidden" "unseen" "spirit" with a subjective inner-reality, and it exists and comes from the body in the physical, material and visible seen matter of an objective external reality.

A "self", an "identity", an "I", is also represented by the term "ego".

Our ego, "I"-ness, our identity and personality, is shaped and conditioned throughout our life, from birth to death.

We are conditioned by environmental conditions, influences and impositions that affect and condition us. The environment involves everything we see, hear, touch, taste and smell. The environment involves our parents, family, society, media and everything else.

All of the influences in our lives automatically affects us at a subconscious and unconscious level. They shape our sense of self, self-image and self-view, and also our worldview or perception of the world. Much of our identity is adopted in an automatic, involuntary, unwilling, unaware, subconscious, unconscious and unthinking way.

We can accept contradictory information. We can engage in double-think, to hold two contradictory views and represent them each when it suits our justifications about how we view ourselves or the world.

We can also be conscious, willful, voluntary, aware and critical of the information input we process that we receive through our senses. We can verify, discern, judge, discriminate, evaluate and diagnose information. This is what logic is used for.

In this way, we are copycats, shape-shifters and chameleons that mimic the conditions around us. We can even recondition, reprogram and change ourselves, if we choose to. Or we can remain conditioned and programmed as copies, formed by the conditions and dictates of society.

We identify with the influences in our lives. We identify with parents, friends, media personalities and even ideas and beliefs. We associate, connect to, and form valuations of these influences. They shape, construct and form our identity. We become attached to these influences. The more power and influence these environmental conditions have on our consciousness and our way of life, the more we become attached to them.

I refer to this shaping, conditioning and construction of our sense of self, self-view, self-image, as our ego-personality-identity construct.

A self-view can't be separated from a worldview, as the worldview encompasses ourselves within it and how we view the world affects how we view ourselves within it. We become attached to the influences from our environment, society and the world.

Our identity is part of who we are. What we do is also part of who we are. We become attached to what we do as part of who we are, as part of our ego-personality-identity construct.

When we become attached to things, we value them more, and we identify with them more. This connection, identification, valuation and attachment of what we do and what we identify with, prevents us from being able to honestly assess, evaluate, discern and judge reality that contradicts our conditioned attachments.

Attachment blind us to reality.

There are complex and intricate levels of truth to Buddha's assessment that attachment is the root of suffering. It applies on many levels of life because attachment is intricately rooted into our ego-personality-identity construct, our sense of self, self-image, self-view and worldview. We have a lot of ego-personality-identity attachments that prevent us from honestly looking into reality.

More on this subject to come in Part 2, where I will emphasize the importance of objective detachment in order to honestly evaluate ourselves and reality.


Thank you for reading! I appreciate the knowledge reaching more people. Take care. Peace.


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  ·  8 months ago

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All of the influences in our lives automatically affects us at a subconscious and unconscious level. They shape our sense of self, self-image and self-view, and also our worldview or perception of the world. Much of our identity is adopted in an automatic, involuntary, unwilling, unaware, subconscious, unconscious and unthinking way.

And the sad part is that the subconscious is actually stronger than the opposite . The good thing is that - we could always - do a "reconditioning" even to the involuntary, unwilling, unaware, subconscious, unconscious and unthinking way.

We identify with the influences in our lives. We identify with parents, friends, media personalities and even ideas and beliefs. We associate, connect to, and form valuations of these influences. They shape, construct and form our identity. We become attached to these influences. The more power and influence these environmental conditions have on our consciousness and our way of life, the more we become attached to them.

So true and the moment we can become conscious and acknowledge all those influences - we definitely won't suffer anymore. Life becomes exactly how we want it to be gradually - I love this post. Thank you @krnel for writing it down.

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Thanks for the feedback. Glad you appreciate and value the content. Take care. Peace.

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  ·  8 months ago

Good chat yesterday, KrNel. Upvoted

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Indeed. Thanks.

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  ·  8 months ago

"objective detachment" these two words in conjunction with each other, is exactly what I have been looking for :D

I have been working on finding "leaks" (objective detachment) in how I think for quite some years now. Just never had a working definition of what I do. So coming from a poker background I used the term leak-finding, or GTO (game theory optimal) thinking to describe it - Which is really vauge, although the GTO concept does the same, in relation to game rules, and what is/ is not correct (optimal).

I am amazed how much your presentations always sort of complimented my own reasearch, and it really encourages me to start get some of it out.

Personally I am looking forward to see how much will be reflected in your upcoming posts, of the very methodology I use and perhaps add a few more pieces to my own puzzle.

Thank you again for a great post :D Upvoted.

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Thanks for the interested feedback about your own experience.

The thing about reality and truth, is that it's all there, and we can all have access to it with time, energy, effort and attention. We can all see and understand it, if we want. Truth takes time. Take care. Peace.

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  ·  8 months ago

Man do I ever love your writing and your topics! Upvoted!!

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  ·  8 months ago

Yes. This is good man! Tho, I would point out that it is important to consider who give force of law. Who give word its meaning. Which definition enter public records and which is common language. The only words that count to this day is the words that can legally get a gun to your head under fictional premises, where no one got hurt. That's the legal system that offer this approach. Under the guises of JUSTICE, the legal realm is akin to magical world where things can be and not be at once... if you say otherwise. They can forcefully bring you back in the grinder...

I still agree with you tho ;)