JerseyJames75 saidI debated where to post this, but spirituality seemed kind of fitting.
What is the nature of the self? How do you think about your identity in the sea of humanity?
I have thoughts of my own on the above, but I want to wait to see where others take this.
The concept of Self
– or Self-concept
– is indeed central to constructing/defining Identity. Have you ever come across 'Global Ambitions and Local Identities: An Israeli-American High-Tech Merger'
by Galit Ailon? The author states that Identity
can be defined as a collective, non-static, symbolic process that is actively constructed rather than passively internalized - thus permanently negotiated and somehow characterized by emergent phases over various periods of time.
In that regards, I consider that one's identity is constructed and defined as a Situated Self
– i.e. a configuration of the Self. This supposes the Self to be a constantly fluid construct until the right factors (i.e. socio-cultural dynamics acting as sources of identities) temporarily lock it into a specific configuration (i.e. Situated Self or Identity). This is not saying that the Self - i.e. the dynamic interaction between reflective awareness, sources of identities and self-perception - is in a perpetual unstable state, but rather that it has a constant potential for mutability and reconfiguration until the point where it gets expressed to the appropriate extent of its situated individuality (i.e. an expression of one's identity befitting a specifically given social instance).