Spreading the Word: Why Do We Self-Sabotage?

The value of self-knowledge lies partly in our ability to consciously understand ourselves and then develop more integrated personalities. The opposite of this implies having elements that are somehow disconnected from what we identify with when we think of 'who we are'. These elements are in our blindspots, obscured from our self-knowledge. If so, internal …

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On Being Yourself

''Be yourself, no matter what they say'' is the advice that Sting gives us in his elegant song Shape of My Heart. I agree. But how do we do that? How can we be ourselves? Deeper still, what does it mean to be ourselves? And how do I know who my-self is?  After all, whatever I …

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People Change and Stay the Same

The title of this article is contradictory on purpose. Do you think that people can change or do you think that they stay fundamentally the same? This question is far less contradictory, isn't it? That is just because it has 'or' in the middle, not 'and'. Indeed, could there be an 'and' in the middle, or, in …

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Am I what I do? Functionalism in Philosophy

How do you usually introduce yourself? What is it that you say when asked to tell others about yourself? Who are you? There are variations in answers, of course, as well as exceptions to common conventions. However, I have yet to meet a person who'd start their introduction by stating that, for instance, he is a human …

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What makes you You? An imaginary dialogue with John Locke

Are you the same person you were 10 years ago? What about when you were a child? And what about yesterday? And since we are talking about it – will you be the same person tomorrow? Perhaps we should start by asking what does it mean to be the same person and what a “person” …

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