July 23

You Aren’t You At All

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A great deal of my writing focuses on how the human brain lies, and creates stories about who you are and why you do what you do. Psychology supports this. In fact, a new movement in psychology goes beyond that, and suggests there isn’t a centralized you at all.

This is not necessarily a new idea in psychology. Since before Freud, those in the field have looked at the power the unconscious exercises on an individual and his behavior. C.G. Jung went so far as to identify different archetypes that influence perception and behavior when enacted, and identified the integrated self as something rarely achieved. Yet people continue to believe in a unified and autonomous self over which they have the majority, if not full, control. However, this seems to be far from reality. As psychologist Lisa Feldman Barrett says, “You think there is some essence to who you are that will endure regardless of the situation or the context, but the fact is that is not the case.” (Barrett, L; 2017).

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