The Concept Of Selfhood

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First, personhood is defined with the concept of selfhood. When a person becomes conscious in one’s own being, it exists only for itself. Persons are unique, singular individuals within the world. We start to construct thoughts about ourselves and how we should act towards the world around us. Additionally, we are owners of ourselves and no one else. For example, I hit a certain age, I realized that I became aware of the world around me and that I existed for myself. It is from this realization of selfhood and personal identity, the foundational basis for this theory of human nature is laid because from there, the theory explains a person’s actions and the reason why certain actions are performed, develops on the structure of conscious experience, and it aids in defining…show more content…
We have to make us – the “I” – the subject and experience own self from within own self because no one knows our own self than our self. The way to turn one’s self into the subject is through self-presence and self-determination. Self-presence is the structure of mental experiences, in other words, I am conscious of (or perceiving of; or cognizing of) “x” (object). For example, when I wake up in the morning, I can hear my alarm clock go off, but I am not mentally aware yet of what it is until a few more seconds when my hypothetical light switch turns on and I am cognitively aware that my alarm clock is going off. As for self-determination, these are my attitudes towards my consciousness towards the object. For example, if I am having the best dream of my life and my alarm clock walks me up before my dream is over, and makes me conscious that it was a dream, then my attitudes towards my alarm clock and potentially towards the world around me for that
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