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Copyright © 1997, Jay Ligda.  All rights reserved.  Published by Humans in the Universe and Jay Ligda.

Negative Aspects of Self-Awareness

      There are some negative aspects of self-awareness.  Fromm (1968) writes, "the price man pays for consciousness is insecurity" (p. 62).  Along with the ability to control one's own actions comes the insecurity of never knowing if one's actions will result in failure.  Loneliness can occur; with self-awareness also comes awareness of the separation from other.  Fromm (1968) goes on to say that humans need "to have a frame of orientation which permits [us] to organize a consistent picture of the world as a condition for consistent action" in order to counteract the insecurity and loneliness (p. 63).  Without this we will tend to go insane.  This frame of orientation is called a paradigm.

by Jay Ligda

(This work is a all or part of an original work first published/written for John. F. Kennedy University:  Final Integrative Project., Mar1996.)


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References

  • Fromm, E. (1947).  Man for Himself:  An Inquiry into the Psychology of Ethics.  New york, NY:  Fawcett.
  • Fromm, E. (1968).  The Revolution of Hope:  Toward a Humanized Technology.  New York, NY:  Harper & Row.
  • Pearson, D. & Shaw, S. (1982).  Life Extension:  A Practical Scientific Approach.  New York, NY:  Warner.

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