Be That Self Which One Truly Is

“Who am I?” (26)

In the book, The Psychology Book Big Ideas Simply Explained, by Catherine Collin, Voula Grand, Nigel Benson, Merrin Lazyan, Joannah Ginsburg, and Marcus Weeks, the idea of “Be That Self Which One Truly Is”, said by Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) was expressed. One of the examples that Kierkegaard used to support his claim was that there was a man who wanted to be an emperor, and if he did succeed, he would be abandoning his old self. This is because of he, himself, is not himself anymore when he is the emperor. In his accomplishment, he “does not possess himself; he is not himself.” (Kierkegaard) and this causes despair. And therefore we should accept our true identity and purpose in life to end the despair and discover the courage behind ourselves. When people’s desire for power or honor grows, the ambition grows and may lead to despair. Søren Kierkegaard shows the concept in an objective tone and tells the approach showing the true meaning to be a true self. He uses multiple examples to support his idea and connects it with leaving despair. “To will to be that self which one truly is, is indeed the opposite of despair,”(27). This theory connects to us in ISB, everyone is able to express themselves in many ways. Every individual is special and differ from another. We have projects to show our identity, and we are able to be who we truly are, and want to be, deep down in the heart. My infographic explains Søren Kierkegaard concept in a thorough way, concluding his ideas with supporting evidence, and with a flow chart explaining visually.

Citations: Infographic made in Piktochart