Asking the question: the myth of the authentic self

When you ask yourself anything, you are already shaping and imagining an outcome into which you will lean. By asking, we instill a manipulative motivation undermining what might be the "authentic" you. On the other hand, the fact that a question arises may be your subconscious means to redirect you to your authentic self.

This quandary highlights the impossibility of finding an "authentic core" unmediated by the dictates of survival, which is based on external context. The more you engage in the world the more "compromised" your "self" becomes, but this alteration is precisely what makes the resultant self something beneficial and worth having.

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