The Fluid “Self”

The self is a complicated array of learned habits and ideas that we carry throughout life. From the time we are born until the time we die we are constantly developing and maintaining this self. Many sociologist are concerned with studying the self in respect to predicting behavior, however the evidence of a static self has yet to be seen. Instead it has been concluded that the self is an ever-changing phenomena with no opportunity for quantitative application.

According to the social psychology reading, the self is studied and analyzed through narrative and personal accounts. This qualitative method through which we study the self is paramount to properly analyzing the multidimensional nature of the human self. From the manner and tone in which a person shares a narrative to the way they recall an events impact on them. Evidence and qualities of the self are apparent in every second of human interaction. Attempting to quantify the human self is equivalent to trying to measure something that has no uniform or normalcy.

The situated self is like the tip of the iceberg that we see at the given second. The situated self is how we make sense of who we are. It is the personal dimension through which we respond from to any given situation. For example during a job interview we may have a different view of ourselves and our sense of self versus when we leave the job interview and talk about it with more informal peers. We are all a multidimensional phenomena, whether or not we are aware of our dimensional shifts within self is dependent on other factors alone, but the phenomenon is present. As we continue to interact more as individuals, breaking through border work mentalities, we will become thus more saturated and multidimensional.

Perhaps this idea of non-static fluid self has a huge degree to do with the new identity of non-binary. Non-binary identification is a clear example of how we are constantly changing the self so much that the self finds difficulty identifying with static labels such as male and female, gay or straight, and black or white. Perhaps it is time to look at dividing static labels and critically evaluates their overall impact on society.