A constructed reality
Do we have a core, coherent personality or are we really fractured selves? Personal construct psychology suggests our sense of coherent self may be something we superimpose onto ourselves to feel more coherent - a kind of rationalisation of our experience to feel more whole and unified as a person. It makes sense to me as a possibility.
It's a bit like life. I look back over my life and see a pattern emerge. Is the pattern really 'there' or do I subconsciously superimpose a pattern as a way of post-rationalising my experience so that it feels somehow less random and chaotic and more unified and meaningful? It's a philosophical and psychological hypothesis I find intriguing.
It's as if I choose certain experiences selectively from memory and then draw imaginary lines between them. If this is the case, it opens me to alternative constructions that could change how I understand myself, my life story, and thereby open up fresh possibilities for the future.
A Singaporean friend asked this morning, 'Why is this so interesting for you at this point in your life?' I found that question very thought-provoking. Perhaps I'm at a place of re-evaluating lots of things, viewing my life and the world through different lenses as a way of making new sense of them.
It's often a struggle to find meaningful language to express such difficult ideas that lie at the edge of language and experience. I would be very interested, therefore, to hear from any other people grappling with similar ideas, concepts and experiences. May God guide us with insight, wisdom and freedom.
17/2/2011 02:33:41 pm
..I have a lot to say about this, I'll think it over and come back to you!
22/5/2012 01:30:52 am
Hi Evelyn. I look forward to hearing more..! :) With best wishes. Nick
10/3/2011 01:46:33 am
Don't know exactly where to start, I do like the topic and sometime I asked myself how much I am myself and how much I mold myself from what I see, I like, I should be...somehow I do think there is a core in each of us, scientists might call it DNA or something else. This core, together with circumstances I lived in formed my and shape my personality, determination, what I like and dislike. Then I can say that what I like to read, or listen to, or watch or friends I make, all these sprinkle some essence into my life or bring color into who we are. I quote or imitate others because I like what I hear or see, but all these selection comes from my core. Knowing who am I and accepting who I am is the biggest challenge sometimes I face. But as complex as we are there is a lot of chances for me to be who I really am, and enjoy how Mighty Creator made me.
22/5/2012 01:44:30 am
Hi Simona. Thanks for the comments.
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