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
with regard to James influence, there are countless ways to define “self” or , “self concept” as modern psychologists say…
― so why define ” self ” 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 , ultimately lays definition 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 ?)

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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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IDK report on agnostics

To clearly understand my agnostic view point on death, one must understand that some questions and beliefs have different level of importances.
an example.

Many  Quantum Mathematicians have posed mathematical possibilities
of  parallel universes, universe with different rules than our universe, even a “multi-verse“.

There is little empirical proof in our living world or close proximities in the universe, that other universes truly exist…
…not enough to top all reasonable doubt.
Just the same, not enough empirical evidence to dismiss other universes outside our own.  So it remains a mathematical possibility.

with that said, I don’t know if  parallel universes or a multi-verse  exist.
Do I need to proclaim   one of the statements….

  • I  actively believe in a  multi-verse!
  • I actively do not believe in a muliti-verse!.

Well if my career was astrophysics whether I believe or not, maybe important.
For the curiosity’s sake,  the possibility is worth investigating.
However, in my   life, my world that I live in, my reality.. its not important or relevant as other belief statements…..

It is more important just to be able to say I don’t know“.

Same goes for other supernatural questions.. As an agnostic
I do not know if consciousness leaves to another supernatural place  after death. I do not know what happens after existence.
For me, it is not as important as questions pertaining to this life or existence.
Its ok to say I don’t know, whether I suspect one way or the other or neither way.
This is not a matter of belief/disbelief  that creates ambivalence in my  life, presently.
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My pet cat passed away this week.
I am not concerned of beliefs of where his spirit or consciousness went after existence.
I am only concerned with remembering his existence…
he had a pretty good life.
he was a good friend.
I feel the loss.

Thats far more important and meaningful to me than metaphysical statements of beliefs or disbeliefs in an afterlife.

for these questions, and many others I answer
I don’t know…
and thats ok .
authors note: Tiger , the cat passed away along time ago this is a consolidated post

Truth happens to an idea. It becomes true, is made true by events. Its verity is in fact an event, a process: the process namely of its verifying itself, its veri-fication.

When  I read what William James published in “The Meaning of Truth”  I believed he was refering to the truth of ideas proposed by a single person or group of persons, a single consciousness or a collective of consciousness within their existence(s).   One  constantly tests  his/her stream of ideas within present environmental experiences and social experiences, and then with his/her memory of experiences… to judge a notion true or  not.
Navigating this uncertain world is certainly easier  by  taking an Agnostic position in regards to knowledge, and a willing to do the work of verifying ideas:  in participation and in experience.  But that’s just my opinion.  So  to start with an Agnostic attitude, what is “Agnosticism?”

Revised posted

Agnostic Conditions ” was originally posted on May 3, 2009

Agnostic – definition: not knowing or unknowing
What, then is the definition of Agnosticism?. If the definition of the root agnostic is “not knowing, or unknowing”, it is doubtful that one can define any full intellectual system of Agnosticism.–Much in the same manner one cannot with other “-isms” such as existentialism or postmodernism.
I was thinking about Jean-François Lyotard’s phrase: ” Postmodern Condition” , which is  a loose  bundle  of observations and criticisms about Modernism. (specifically: these postmodern conditions are conditions that expose Modern ideas of “progress, “Meta-Narratives”, “cause-effect”,”objectivity” of Modernity as fallacious. ).

“Knowledge in general cannot be reduced to science, nor even to learning. Learning is the set of statements which, to the exclusion of all other statements, denote or describe objects and may be declared true or false. Science is a subset of learning. It is also composed of denotative statements, but imposes two supplementary conditions on their acceptability: the objects to which they refer must be available for repeated access, in other words, they must be accessible in explicit conditions of observation; and it must be possible to decide whether or not a given statement pertains to the language judged relevant by the experts.”

Jean-François Lyotard reportedly changed his stance on the relationship of science , knowledge and the underlying importance. his point remains , science is tedious with relationships to available prior knowledge and objects to test.

Afterall , how can science universally consider , that what has never been experienced !
Where than , lies the importance of “knowing” , “science” or investigating in my day to day life. How taxing my time , energy and body is the need or importance to know about something

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.

William James

A Report on Agnosticm

I wonder that if instead of an “Agnosticism”, there was  a set of Agnostic Conditions, that were a reaction to theories of knowledge.
So I came up with a few agnostic conditions of my own:

Knowledge

  • Our total knowledge of all details is limited.
  • Nothing is absolutely known. What is “known” is based upon acceptable supporting evidence and verification.
  • Knowledge is limited to the collective experience, communication means and data storage of a group or person.
  • Knowledge is inseparable from consciousness. (which includes, previous and current meanings, bias, and introjection, etc)

Reality

  • A definition of Objective Reality: “what is real is measurable” as defined by classical physics; accepted as universal.
  • A definition of Subjective Reality: what is experienced, and accept as real by a single consciousness. such as the cognation of an organism’s interactions.
  • A definition of Intersubjective Reality. the collected objects, events, structures, descriptions, meanings, principles, etc that are shared as “real” between  subjective consciousness* conscious beings (organisms)
  • A definition of Absolute Reality: the way things truly happen, whether comprehensible or not.

Meaning.

  • meaningful… description of information, that is:
    • that is formed out of background of discord
    • that is relative: relative  to a topic, study, paradigm, “game” , time-space location, happening, or world- view.
    • that is defined  in language, symbols or gesture, for clarification or communication
    • that is prioritized in importance – intellectually and emotionally.
    • that is  prioritized   compared to other meanings in the  context… social, personal, environmental contexts
  • meaninglessness:  information that is not meaningful and therefore  remains, or is relegated to the background.

Uncertainty

Uncertainty. Image from Wikipedia.org

  • I  decide that “X” is true, false, or probable. I could be wrong.
  • I do not have to decide if “X” is true, false, or probable  with out the considering the  agnostic conditions   ( of Knowledge, Reality, Meaning).
  • Uncertainty is inherent in the nature of things,  actions and decisions.

I think that agnostic conditions are an important considerations when studying epistemology and knowledge theories, and when making decisions and actions. They are a criticism and completion of such. For me, this is a definition for agnosticism: a set of conditions.

As for the repetitive question is “Does God exist”?
Well, one ,must define what he means when he ask about  “God” or gods, because there have been many definitions over time ,cultures contexts and subjective view points. How important is to know if God or gods exists or not?  Is it as meaningful  a question as to ask  “is there intelligent  life on other planets?, or knowing what goes on in other people lives in other countries?     It might be.  It might not be.

I don’t know.

* edited for clarity and grammar  11-17-2014