"It was a me outside of me... it was me in a form that shouldn't have been me!"

Murakami’s representation of the “self”.

In Added by Katrina Kocialkowska on March 11, 2011 at 1:17 am

Consciousness is variously defined as subjective experienceawareness, the ability to experience “feeling“, wakefulness, the understanding of the concept “self“, or the executive control system of the mind. It is an umbrella term that may refer to a variety of mental phenomena.Although humans realize what everyday experiences are, consciousness has been difficult to define, philosophers note (e.g. John Searle inThe Oxford Companion to Philosophy):

“Anything that we are aware of at a given moment forms part of our consciousness, making conscious experience at once the most familiar and most mysterious aspect of our lives.”
—Schneider and Velmans, 2007

A person’s self-image is the mental picture, generally of a kind that is quite resistant to change, that depicts not only details that are potentially available to objective investigation by others (heightweighthair colorgenderI.Q. score, etc.), but also items that have been learned by that person about himself or herself, either from personal experiences or byinternalizing the judgments of others. A simple definition of a person’s self-image is their answer to this question – “What do you believe people think about you?” A more technical term for self-image that is commonly used by social and cognitive psychologists is self-schema. Like any schema, self-schemas store information and influence the way we think and remember.

Introspection is the self-observation and reporting of conscious inner thoughtsdesires and sensations. It is a conscious mental and usually purposive process relying on thinking,reasoning, and examining one’s own thoughts, feelings, and, in more spiritual cases, one’s soul. It can also be called contemplation of one’s self, and is contrasted with extrospection, the observation of things external to one’s self. Introspection may be used synonymously with and in a similar way to human self-reflection. It is used greatly as a spiritual examination.

Introspection is like the activity described by Plato when he asked, “…why should we not calmly and patiently review our own thoughts, and thoroughly examine and see what these appearances in us really are?”

Philosophy of mind is a branch of modern analytic philosophy that studies the nature of the mindmental eventsmental functionsmental propertiesconsciousness and their relationship to the physical body, particularly the brain. The mind-body problem, i.e. the relationship of the mind to the body, is commonly seen as the central issue in philosophy of mind, although there are other issues concerning the nature of the mind that do not involve its relation to the physical body.

Article has been based on the WikiPedia www.wikipedia.org

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