William James Table of Self Concept

Tenants
of Self
Examples feelings aroused seeking-
preservation
circumstance
Material
Self
Body, clothes, family

finance , deeds,

possessions

ownership , love , threatened , wronged , secure stability , routine , security , control ,
shopping, home rules
home , property , family , bedroom
Social
Self
roles at work , clubs pride , friendly,
belonging , importance , competitive , alienated
awards, money , influence friends , employees , withdraw ,
reservation ,ethics
volunteer , gatherings, bar , clubs , social networks , prison
Intimate
Self
mindful of choice
esteem
meaning , purpose , boredom , satisfaction , exercise, wellness , “mind candy” , sex where I or we are
Spiritual
Self
mindful of moral
ethical care
comfort , dread, grief , purpose ,
connected, disconnected , judgement ,
Role of Authority ,  submission ,
relationship , environment, abstention
church , park , temple , meditation , recycling , missions
Ego ” I think,

therefore

I am “

hungry

sexy

thirsty

anxious

constipated

eat ,

have sex ,

drink,

release emotion,

poop

where I am


To understand William James you must consider He was a pluralist
there are countles ways to define “self” or , “self concept” as modern psychologists say ,
so why define one at all ?
to argue if their is a “self or soul or that there is no self ”
how useful is it other than friendly ramblings over a beer at the bar ?

At first, when the laymen views psychiatry and medicine , he may ponder: does Anxiety disorder bipolar or personality disorder , this disorder that disorder really exist?

Truth happens to an idea.”

James makes a case for his version self concept , because its serves a need or a purpose that “happens” . or happens repetitiously.
Just the same , medical professionals today have agreed on defining “disorders” because they happen and reoccur in a clients life repetitiously

Rigorous testing and peer-review that has defines medical “disorder” or disorder diagnosis , serves medical treatment medical and a clients daily management. to improve life.
James “many selves” self concept. really a matrix, array or table of “self concept”
serves to manage daily happenings. The end is to justify concept. Williams James was a psychologist and ” the cash value ” from his philosophy lectures is a person-social relationship that James saw as functional, and clarified.

resource

  1. http://mills-soc116.wikidot.com/notes:james-self-and-its-selves
    by DJJR James, William. 1890. “The Self And Its Selves”
  2. https://williamjamesstudies.org/the-concept-of-truth-that-matters/
    “Concept of truth that matters ” and other William James Studies

Many people complain because they feel that they feel either ambivalent , conflicted or pulled-apart when making decisions in their daily lives.
further more the complaint of no “self” or no self control or fragmentation.

social media and tv media can join the peer pressure of devaluing “self” as negative selfishness with little foundation or empiricism. (what use is these “truths” , especially no evidence ?)

https://echopen.files.wordpress.com/2019/02/cubism_pablo_picasso_1910_girl_with_a_mandolin_fanny_tellier_oil_on_canvas_100.3_x_73.6_cm_museum_of_modern_art_new_york.jpg?w=630

Girl with a Mandolin – Fanny Tellier
Pablo Picasso

thus the need may arise to create or further their own self-concept.
here are some other links on different approaches of self-concept

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Worksheet on Self.

below are free downloads with a table to fill in your own thoughts on Self .
maybe it can provoke thoughts on how you would define your own self concept:

Self-WilliamJames ODT format

Self-WilliamJames PDF format

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Anger rather than Sad


from the Book of Life

Common tenants of Depression or Major Depressive Episodes

  • Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities, including sex
  • Decreased energy, fatigue, feeling “slowed down”
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
  • Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
  • Low appetite and weight loss or overeating and weight gain
  • Thoughts of death or suicide, suicide attempts
  • Restlessness, irritability
  • Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment

Common tenants of Anxiety―Depression (disorder group GAD)PDF
thanks https://www.adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/depression/symptoms

What is Disorder?

  • Disorders such as Bipolar disorder, Personality Disorders. or Anxiety Disorders can only be “Diagnosed” by healthcare―professionals or psychologists.
  • One maybe diagnosed with 6 disorders or 1 disorder – this does not mean one is anymore “screwed up” than the other.
  • Disorder is categorized for the purposes of treatment & management between a client, therapist & healthcare―providers.
  • There are legal and professional standards that healthcare―providers in mental-physical health must abide by – that’s what the literature is about: DSM4 DSM5

Gestalt therapy perspective

  • Self awareness not why but:
  • how and when? do ” I feel angry and sad “.
  • Moral- am I judging myself for feeling angry? sad? or tired?
  • How and When do I judge myself.. others environment.
  • Ambivalence: do i feel “conflicting” sensations? ↓Examples:↓
  • thrilled but angry and anxious
  • sad but tuned_in
  • relaxed.. but tight in the legs or chest

contact―boundary memoirs

At a good time (when sad happy or angry etc.)
can I observe between “me” and “not―me” :

  • projection — eg. expressing feeling in drawing or painting ; blaming someone or somthing)
  • Deflection — avoiding both good or bad feeling for another time)
  • confluence — losing sense of self to the outside world, or defending in reaction
  • retroflection — turning ones desires for others (especially with anger) back and substituding ones self) i.e. self blame and self harm
  • Introjection — absorbents in the interactions between “me” and “not―me” without processing (metabolizing)
Anger is part of depression. Anger is part of all of us in daily life.
the good choices we make are in
how to manage are emotions, sensations and Affects so they are not regular intrusions or regularly destructive.
This Management.
This is Anger. This is Depression.

Daily Feeling Chart, Alternate Version

Happy   New Year!http://30daynephalist.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/stuart_smalley.jpg?w=88&h=88
I would like my first post of this year to be another feeling.. or emotion tracking  chart.  Your excited… so am I (photo, right).
I am glad  that the   Daily Emotion Chart  for Special Needs Children has been relatively well received, since I first posted it , years ago.  But I think  emotions charting or tracking can be useful for more than just children.  For adolescent  boys and girls and adults, managing mental disorder or just having trouble expressing their selves confidently, a emotion chart tool can be just as useful.  working on Emotional grammar It can never hurt anyone, of any a age.

The emotion tracking  chart  (the one tagged for children that I have posted previously)  could be used by anyone at any age, or expanded upon… but I had to give it name (for the search engines of the interwebs);  and it was based on a previous Daily-feeling-track,jpgexperience with a friend and her childs needs .   So I am   adding  another example of a chart for emotional vocabulary.

My theory is (and I certainly don’t think I’m alone in this thought) that one can learn to make most of his or her own personal management tools;  by customizing them for his/her own needs; or the needs of themselves with  peers, support,  communicating to their doctors etc.
The creativity and control  that comes with   personalizing and maintaining  one’s   own toolbox only serves to build confidence and command over health management, IMHO.
However this one I made is free to download in several formats.  Use them as is…. or  just make your own charts,

Alternate Daily Feeling Tracker Sheet:

For more Tracking charts please check out the “Charts” tab above.
Thanks!

Compassion

Compassion is the understanding of others, with the cultivated awareness of suffering.    Perhaps  more  accurately,    Compassion is empathy with the awareness of suffering.

The western concept of “empathy“, popular in the writings of twentieth century humanists, philosophers and psychologist has its own active verb tense. “to empathize” or “empathizing“. compassion does not have a verb tense in English… perhaps ” to sympathize“… but I will stick with Compassion, here.

To empathize is to imagine another’s experience,  compare that experience with his/hers and to be affected.   One empathizes with another person(s), organism(s) and their circumstance. It should be noted, that from a stand point of certain schools of thought,as in Zen Buddhism, Humanistic Psychology and existential- phenomenology, an organism is always considered with his circumstances. One is always interacting, affecting and being affected by his environment . This is “experience”, the participation of an organism in its world. “Phenomenology” is big ugly word for the study of experience(s), from subjective lenses.    “Empathizing”, is being affected by and imagining another(s) experience(s).

Another overlapping concept is “perspective-taking“. “Perspective taking” is imagining another’s experience and world-view.   Perspective-taking is objective and rational in method; and deliberate in avoiding any emotional affect and judgments.    To take another’s point-of-view and study while holding back any personal bias and presumption would be perspective taking. (see also Husserl’s bracketing or epoche`)
Is it at all possible to remove all bias?    Some psychologists argue that perspective taking is a primitive form of empathizing .

Alfie Cohen, Author of “Brighter Side of Human Nature“…… poses another  phenomenological approach to empathy that he calls “feeling-into“. To “feel-into” another’s circumstance, personal happenings, gestalt or being-in-this-world. Feeling-into is an full cognitive investigation of another’s subjective experience.

Back to Compassion

I do believe that there are people who can empathize or feel-into another’s situation without compassion.
A study of the psychopathology of some dangerous criminals might support my claim.   For example: there are a few who feel powerful or aroused when they imagine themselves as the victims of their violent attacks. in this case there is empathy and perspective taking, for pathological pleasure, but no compassion.

To act with compassion is to act and empathize, while recognizing and considering suffering. To act with compassion is to act and be affected by the suffering of others.

Understanding suffering is at the core of any study, religion, or way-of-being that is called Buddhism.  Thus compassion is a much talked about subject-matter . Understanding the nature of suffering is fundamental to Buddhist practice.
Note below a translation of the four Noble Truths of Buddhism

Four Nobel Truths of Buddhism .

  • Suffering Exists in Life
  • The Source of Suffering is attachment
  • The Emancipation of Suffering is attainable
  • The Path or the “Eightfold Path” (wisdom, conduct, development)

 
In Christianity, (at least from my non-religious outsider’s stand appointment), A great deal of importance is placed on the suffering of Jesus at the end of his days. In interpretations,   God seeks to empathize with man in the Life and times of Jesus. Followers seek to understand God in part by empathizing with the life and Crucifixion of Jesus. The very important Christian theme of Redemption is tied to suffering and compassion just as it is the teachings of Jesus, in the “Sermon on the Mount“.

Compassion is care for others. What can, at times, be overshadowed is the care for ones own well-being.   IMHO: It is important to act in the same compassionate manner for his or herself, as he does for others.   Just as important as anything written here:    The care and wellbeing of one’s self and others includes happiness, pleasure, curiosity and a spectrum of experiences…. not just suffering.

Compassion maybe a cornerstone of ethics along with self- esteem and reciprocity. If we truly love and esteem ourselves (that is, our being) ;    If we treat each other in the manner we wish to be treated, then we may presume that no one likes pain and suffering.   We’d care for ourselves and others, and act accordingly— rich in understanding perspectives beyond our own.
It would be unethical to deliberatively harm another (or one’s own being) that we have compassion and care for.

Feeling Words for Writing

Journaling or writing Mental health / wellness workbook and can’t think what to write at the moment?:

……….

FEELING WORDS

I feel _______ OR I am feeling ________ because I think_________

happy safe scared sad angry
good natured secure anxious tearful trapped
Jubilant warm butterflies morning annoyed
Joyful trusting Afraid haunted outraged
glad trusted fearful lonely explosive
festive inviting nervous helpless irritated
cheerful desired harassed vulnerable resentful
elated satisfied insecure tragic vengeful
loved receptive unsure bullied provoked
loving free worried disappointed offensive
brotherly certain cowardly ashamed useless
playful self assured desperate repugnant forced
aroused inspired threatened indignant pessimistic
esteemed encouraged suspicious lost dull
confident inspired wary pulled careless
provocative enthralled doubtful lousy apathetic
sexy manic victimized unhappy dispatched
manly , feminine energetic cheated confused uncared
comforted healthy wronged disoriented disjointed
strong pain-free terrified disillusion rejected
optimistic inquisitive alienated stupefied menaced
frisky curious offended stunned agonized
animated dependable hurt perplex menaced
glorious mellow injured doubtful unwanted
energized relaxed crushed worthless disrespected
vigorous affectionate rejected woeful shy
engrossed sympathetic listless energetic Taken advantage of
fluid respected amazed torn
touched flattered disorganized stressed conflicted
bold interested tired humbled ambivalent

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feelingword.png
This  list is no more than a cheat sheet to provoke ones own personal “feeling word” that describes his/her moment.
I made this and it is free: PDF (adobe reader), Doc (Ms-Word), Odt (writer),
click on the links below to open or download:

There are more downloads on the CHARTS tab/ page. please check them out.

Daily Affirmation Poster Updated

Today, Right Here, Right Now

I am feeling _________________________
I am really good at _________________________
I value most of all _________________________
I feel anxious about __________________________
If i had one wish, one thing that
I’d like to see happen it would be______________

I check my head , I check my breath
And I know everything will be alright.

Fill in the blanks.

the origional version I made of  poster like this …on a post where I boasted my Stewart Smalley like, “the- joy -of- the-therapy” attitude towards mental wellness… well that poster had a typo.
So I’ve posted again a new  “grammatically correct” version, and one with pleasant background, hopefully you won’t nod off. So that make two new posters, yes two.

click on the icons above, and if wish to download them right click after that.

Daily Mood Chart and Emotions chart

Mood and Emotions chart in  now in Doc and Odt  format .
A Mood Chart is a simple tool that people diagnosed with Mood Disorders  such as Bipolar Disorder, Major Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder, and Schizo affective disorder use from time to time, for tracking their symptoms and Affect mood level.

With the K.I.S.S (keep – it- simple-stupid) attitude in mind, a mood chart that can be made to meet any personal symptoms and then taken to to a doctor and therapist.

Why keep a mood chart?
Mood charts can give a consumer and his/her professionals a better idea of the cycling, symptoms and possible triggers of symptoms over a long period of time. Thus a mood chart is a tool for personal awareness and an aid for a doctor who is prescribing treatment.

From my post my post: Charting my Moods Bipolar
That post includes an example of how to fill out a mood chart and a free down loadable simple mood chart in PDF format.

I now have an update of that Mood tracking chart available in ‘.Doc’ format ( readable in in MS Word) and in Open Office Writer format.
Also Available in those formats  is the Daily Emotions Chart for Special Needs Children, previously posted in PDF form with explanation.

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Left: Daily mood tracking chart download:

Right: Daily Feelings/Emotion Charts for kids

These downloads are free, to be used as are and are to encourage you to create your own tools as well. Just click on the links above
There are more Downloads on the Charts page.