Wednesday, December 03, 2014

I am _________.

I just came across the Twenty Statement Test (TST). The TST has been invented by Psychologist Manfred Kuhn and consists of 20 statements about what "I am", designed to discuss one's self concept, primarily with oneself.

But when reading "I am ___________." and being asked "How would you answer the question?": Where is the question? "I am __________." is a perfectly valid statement by itself. Any thing that is filled in that blank space necessarily denotes an object. However, the question of being is a question of subject. So this question may discuss attributions between a sense of self and its obervations of non-self. But in this case the boundary of the self only arises on the question and is not prior to it. So the sense of self only occurs when you try to find it, but is irrelevant without asking that question.

Imagine proposing any choice, requiring a yes or no decision, saying "Come on. You must have a sense of either being a scientist or mythic, religios or non-religious, progressive or conservative." But in relation to a sense of self, this category does not exist. It can only claim its validity after it has been authorized by a subject through its acceptance: an act of identification. Without these acts of identification, the self stays as a non-attributed and non-identified subject. So when asking that yes or no question what you are really experiencing is not whether that person falls in a particular category, but is authorizing that category or not.

Apparently there is a sense of being. But even this sense of being cannot appear as a subject, as subjects themselves are objects of observation. So in trying to find the subject, you enter a recursion on subject/object duality.

So any attribution does not constitute a reality of being some thing, but instead is authorized within a certain realm, even if it is only for the purpose of answering (or not answering) that question.