Part 1: narrative based and immediate based selfs

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“Living with your Heart Wide Open” by Steve Flowers

“The hunger from unmet needs can form a central theme in the story you repeat to yourself, creating a narrative of a wounded self.

As described above, the narrative-based self exists across time and continuously creates itself through the stories it repeats.

We mistakenly believe this “self” is a somewhat permanent entity that endures through the constant changes of life.

(my two cents: this self is our created “Ego”)

Psychologist William James characterized the narrative-based self as a construction of narratives woven together from the threads of experiences over time into a cohesive concept we reference as “me” to make sense of the “I” acting in the present moment (James 1890).

The immediacy-based self, in contrast, is a creature of the here and now.

It is grounded in the experience of who you are in each moment.

This sense of self exists only in the present moment and therefore is ageless and timeless.

It is the primary orientation from which awareness is experienced and thus is not characterized by concepts such as gender, race, religion, and personal history.

As such, the immediacy-based self is not a thing but rather an active center of awareness from which you can acknowledge moment-to-moment experience.

From this perspective, Descartes’s famous dictum becomes “I experience what’s happening, therefore I am.”

Neurological research using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has shown that these two forms of self-awareness—narrative-based self and immediacy-based self—are located in two separate areas of the brain (Farb et al. 2007).

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Linda on June 6, 2020 at 3:31 am

    Through my most difficult times and even through the good times too. Living in the moment, being solidly grounded in my immediate sense of breath, bodily sensations, including sight, sound, touch, is my “way out” or way home from suffering. It can be a tight rope walk though sometimes. I need to be present with the pain, just not give into or feed past stories to the present pain. I find this way that, yes, pain does come , but suffering is optional and it is self created by the thoughts and stories, thoughts i entertain around the pain.
    So I do have power to do something about it!

  2. We all have a choice

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