Monday, May 28, 2012

Explore – The self is a compelling, seductive illusion

The self is something that is central to a lot of psychological questions and, in fact, a lot of psychologists have difficulty describing their work without positing the notion of a self. It’s such a common daily, profound, indivisible experience for most of us. Some people do manage to achieve states of divided self or anatta, no self, they’re really skilled Buddhists. But for the majority of us the self is a very compulsive experience. I happen to think it’s an illusion and certainly the neuroscience seems to support that contention.

British experimental psychologist Bruce Hood on essentialism, further confirming the idea that character is fluid and there is no such thing as a fixed self.

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