Existential Self : An Individual 's Perception Of Their Own Existence

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The Existential Self According to McLeod (2008), the existential self is one of the most fundamental aspects of the concept of self because it not only describes an individual’s sense of distinction and separation from others, but also the awareness of the fidelity of the “self.” Put simply, McLeod (2008) states that the existential self, examines an individual’s perception of their own existence. Usually, the awareness of one’s own existence begins to set in between the first two to three months of a person’s life (McLeod, 2008). Time and space are some of the key elements that impact initial existential awareness by an individual. McLeod (2008) continues to state that children at the tender age of three months begin to realize that they exist as separate entities over time and space. This particular aspect of the “self” assumes that every person, whether small or big, young or old, is driven to discover who they are and therefore, use self-knowledge to make sense of the word in regards to the place they occupy and the role they play.
The Categorical Self The categorical self describes the second phase of the “self”, whereby besides being aware that he or she exists as a separate entity, the individual also becomes aware that they exist as an object that can experience and be experienced by others (McLeod, 2008). Just like any other object that has properties, a person becomes aware of his or her internal and external properties. Internal properties often depict those…

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