What is the self

Topics: Mind, Psychology, Thought Pages: 3 (1073 words) Published: April 12, 2015
Haley Parry
What is the “Self”
It’s hard to grasp the concept of what one’s self really is. Where does is exist? Who am I? What makes me different from you? After discussing these questions, it left me even more confused than I was before. To avoid making this confusing from the beginning I think it’s helpful to start with a definition of what the self is to me. The self is the unphysical part of the human. Our memories and experiences all compiled together to create a personality that is forever changing, and completely individual to each person. When people are born, they have set blue prints that give them: their initial self. A mosh of their ancestors DNA. Babies are given a name and a physical appearance. It is like making blue prints for a house, and you do not know where it will be built, or what kind of people will be living in it. This is where memories, experiences and the people we meet change those blue prints into a human with a personality that is built on throughout life. I think that the self exists in the brain. The brain is an amazing and complex organ that we know very little about. I believe that there is a little section in between the memories and our problem solving where our self exists. After our initial identity is created, I believe it changes weekly. Every significant interaction affects us, starting out with parents. Some of us are exactly like our parents and other are the complete opposite, but there is no doubt no matter what situation, they have an immense effect on us. I am exactly like my dad. We think the same things are funny, and we both react to conflict in the same way. On the other hand, I am the exact opposite from my mom. I am not saying one is better, but they both have created the person I am probably until 7th grade. After that became the ominous teen years where my identity was not changed but built on yet again, this time by my friends. I started caring about how I looked, and how people thought about...
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