The self is something that begins its development right from the beginning. It is a lifelong journey which we set off for from the moment we are born. It is a journey of self-evaluation and self-understanding. We take an inward journey, that is, of self-exploration. For every human being personal growth is a very essential aspect of life, as one needs to figure out one’s talents and aspirations and needs in life in order to function in the civil society.
Social interaction is an important factor in the process of self development. Infants learn about their surroundings and themselves as they interact with people around them, picking up certain habits as well as mannerisms through imitation, learning languages, engaging in mutually reciprocal interactions characterized by socially shared emotions and movements, with their caregivers.
When the developmental process of the self is complete one might feel like they can control it. But, that is not the case. The self may exist in the absence of the other. This is due to the fact that people build up a character of themselves and others in their mind. They figure out how their actions would be seen from someone else’s perspective.
A conversation on Self would automatically include one on the Other, as the Self cannot exist without the Other. Socialization helps in directing other’s outlook and perspective towards oneself. The view towards the self should be all-inclusive of cultural background as well as societal norms and regulations. When one is able to imagine how one appears from the standpoint of the other, the self is said to be fully developed. The other represents the broader society who has better cultural value. Therefore, socialization is complete.
How To Better Oneself
For the self to be developed, one must understand that the process of learning as well as improving is never-ending. It is important to look forward to the future with optimism, enjoy the process of acquiring knowledge as well as learn from one’s mistakes so as to better oneself in life. Negativity and negative thoughts do not help in the process of developing a healthy and also a positive self.
Self Development And Renowned People To Look Up To
Bruce Lee, an American professional actor, director, and fantastic martial artist says that one must develop their own original style of life and build their skills accordingly.
Confucius, the Chinese philosopher, and politician emphasized on the inevitability as well as the necessity of “change” in order to reach the self’s full potential.
Kazuo Ishiguro, the recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2017, emphasizes on the very same aspect of change, as he writes: “If you are under the impression you have already perfected yourself, you will never rise to the heights you are no doubt capable of.” One must be flexible in one’s own personal progress.
Mahatma Gandhi, a leading force in India’s independence movement, said: “As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age. As in being able to remake ourselves.”. His words never fail to encourage people to rise up to their maximum personal potential.
Thus, we see how different factors are responsible for the building of one’s self and how to matter what stage of life we are in. It is never too late to change our ways in order to better ourselves.