Essay about A Singular Self-Identity

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Self-identity is singular. The belief in this existence of one’s self, presupposes all our experiences of consciousness. We all hold that this identity is ours alone. I speak of my experiences as experienced by me. I would seem to be talking nonsense , if I referred to myself in the plural or spoke of how the multiplicity of ‘me’s’ experienced an event. Although most will submit to the existence of levels of consciousness, we categorize those people who exhibit distinct personalities as non-ordinary. All popular theories of self-identity set about the task of proving a singular self. I will attempt to analyze the currently held theories of self-identity, and consider cases where the singular self-identity of normal individuals is called…show more content…
I believe that we experience at least two states of consciousness : waking and sleeping. They are relatively exclusive conditions of one another (despite the foggy transitory state or lucid dreaming phenomena). Normal states of consciousness are associated with being awake. Sleeping states of consciousness are far more difficult to empirically observe. If we had not all had the occurrence of being involved in an experiential reality that we can only locate in time somewhere between last evening and this morning, we may be quite inclined to doubt the indicators for such activity. But, we have all had the common experience of dreaming. Finally, while waking states of consciousness and sleep consciousness are not one in the same, we still maintain a continuity. The “I” in my dreams and the “I” who writes this paper are subjected to very different worlds of experience, but the “I” from one dream, and one day to the next is continuous. Modern thinkers are quite comfortable when discussing levels of consciousness. We use the Freudian distinctions of conscious/ sub-conscious regularly in everyday language. The basic idea being that there are levels of a single consciousness within one single individual. The overarching concept of a single uniform self-identity is maintained over these divisions. Theories concerning self-identity are usually distinguished into two schools: the bodily theory of self and the psychological
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