Monday, June 24, 2013

Created Self

         On a daily basis we are faced with obstacles that we would prefer not to deal with. In order to overcome these obstacles we create a version of ourselves in our mind that would, without difficulty, be capable of handling the situation. It is a tough world, especially for adults. In order to get through the day of dealing with rude people we act just as fierce in order to stay ahead with everyone else. Often times we prepare ourselves for these roles with a pep talk. Before walking into a meeting we will tell ourselves “we can do it,” and convince ourselves that we are smart and brave. Every time you had to get a shot your parents call you a brave superhero or a beautiful princess. We do this to get the child or yourself mentally preparing them for the upcoming pain or for the nerve wrecking meeting.
Gerard Jones said, “I had a fantasy self who was a self.” I believe this is true for everyone. In King Solomon's Mines the three men have crossed the dessert and reached the cold mountains. They met people of different a different culture and have to keep themselves from getting killed. They are mistaken as some kind of spirits and use that role to survive among the unknown men. Quatermain, Curtis and Goods take advantage of this to ensure their survival. They are able to stand up to the merciless king by adapting the mindset of spirits and are even given food by then strange men. The three men relied on a "fantasy self" to survive in presence of unknown men as they have been doing throughout the story.
While we imagine ourselves as someone other than our normal self in order to succeed in our daily task, the characteristics that we give to our “fantasy self” leak into our personality through our actions and behavior. Often times we will makes decisions based in what your mind tell you rather than what is deemed most acceptable by society. Our “fantasy self” allow us to be self dependent for the push necessary to accomplish and reach ones potential rather than becoming wrapped up in the fear society inflicts upon us. If your “fantasy self” is a scared being you will lack mind strength to push as hard as someone whose “fantasy self” is an invincible superhero

1 comment:

  1. There's a lot of opinion here, Candy, but no really summary or analysis :-/ Remember, summary and analysis are the meat of academic writing!