June 15, 2018

Identity is an umbrella term for the results of an individual’s ‘identity propensity’ (IP), and its ’emergent self’ (ES).

Your identity propensity is the unconscious platform you operate from, in which your perspective and engagement originates. The volume of its response to your environs is your motivation. [Montessori snapshot, EsSample’s Minds Eye].

A principal response is to adopt and accrete from that environs and nurturing sufficiently that ‘self’ emerges. [EsSample’s internal model and reference model]. The relationship of this platform to this emergent self (a relationship with self if you like), and of the emergent self to its environs and others reflects the characteristics of that underlying identity propensity.  [e.g. Big Five personality characteristics].

It is this emergent self that forms an ego, coheres within that environs and nurturing to bind into groups, and entitles them as emergent entities in their own right. The emergent self is the base and only origin of most secondary emotions that are not also primary affects [most of the Plutchick’s 27 ‘secondary emotions’]. Strong emergent selves can also co-opt to and trigger primary affects [Panksepp’s 7 of SEEKING, RAGE, FEAR, LUST, GRIEF/separation, CARE, PLAY].

A compulsive propensity (for an emergent self) will also become central to the owners developed perspective, and will be dominated by secondary emotions.

All of this is unconscious. While the emergent self is more noticeable, especially to others, it is still unconscious to the owner – it cannot be perceived directly by the owner. What enters awareness and the conscious are the more significant discrepancies between and within these things, or changes. Nor can it be sensed directly, because perception itself is from this emergent self.

(Avenues for detection, awareness and modelling your emergent self are described elsewhere in EsSample. They are indirect, and amount to triangulation, detection of discrepancies and deltas, and).

This description is specific, if not unique, to EsSample+.

Conventional parlance has identity mostly as the accretions, occasionally the emergent self, and rarely the propensity (the nearest term being degree of attachment).

Who you are is you is not the accretions and inheritances you have, but the choice 2 inches behind your eyes – how you choose what you choose and unchoose – how you relate to what you have. How you relate to this self speaks more of who you are than your inherited, acquired and innate accretions and capabilities. How you relate to yourself is how you relate to others and their ESs (Albert & Tom).