Human nature, namely the awareness of oneself, the essence and principles of “self,” has been of interest to humanity since ancient times. Over time, the fundamental concepts of self-awareness and its nature have changed in accordance with the development of the sciences. Namely, medicine, psychology, and philosophy, because this concept is associated with these sciences. The aim of this paper is to analyze what “self” is along with the concept of making “stigma” on other people.
How do People Perceive Each Other?
Human relationships and how a person sees the world and others is an exciting research topic. Nowadays, people still have a lot to find out about this issue, although they have certain notions. The interesting part is how each person perceives others, namely how people appear to each other. One of the sociological concepts states that people are likely to make some “brands” on other people based on their previous experience. Thus, the concept of making “stigma” on other people is stated by the fact that people gather information from the unacquainted individual and make stereotypes about them based on previous experience (Goffman, 2021). Nowadays, this is a popular feature of people’s relationships, especially with unfamiliar persons.
The “Egoistic Self”
Moreover, the “self” seems to have egoistic traits in some cases. Sometimes, when one meets a new person but this person does not follow one’s ideas and expectations, one maybe not only disappointed but even angry. This is because a person reacts sharply to everything that concerns the relationship between people and being assessed by others. Moreover, there is a certain vision of life and interconnection with others in every person that separates one from everyone else. According to the course, this is an ideal vision, which makes one different from other people. In addition, society in this aspect is separated from the person as it is a collective concept, and each person with an ideological vision is an individual one.
As a result, one may conclude that the “self” is a very complex and unexplored aspect of life. Roughly speaking, this is some information and points of view which the person accumulates all life. This data is based on the personal life experience of each individual. Moreover, this distinguishes each person and, in a sense, separates the individual from society as a collective concept.
Goffman, E. (2021). The presentation of self in everyday life. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.