The are the best experts on ourselves.”

April 7, 2019 Construction

The debate that goes around the concept of self holds two different views. On one hand, Carl Rogers argues that an individual is the best expertise to know one’s own self. He asserts, “As no one else can know how we perceive, we are the best experts on ourselves.” He believed that the highest level of human beingness can only be achieved by Self actualisation. On the other hand, the opponents of this theory, such as Bhaktin, problematizes this concept and argues that the self cannot be known unless an individual has acquired a sense of one’s own surroundings. It is the interaction between ‘I’ and the ‘Other’ which develops an individual into a conscious being. Bhaktin’s idea of self awareness compels one to question their own individuality, thought and consciousness. In his theory of ‘dialogism’ Bhaktin articulates that the construction of knowledge is a collaboration of self and other. It is only through this collaboration that meanings are constructed in any social environment. The other becomes an important accomplishment in realizing one’s own self. In Bhaktins idea of self, ‘I’ become We, or one can say that collective self becomes more important than individual self.


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