Consciousness

dubois.jpgW.E.B. Du Bois’ concept of Double Consciousness is used to describe an individual whose identity is divided into several facets. I recently read a Mexican-American’s short autobiography on his own Quadruple Consciousness and to say I related to it would be an understatement. The writer has very distinct fragments of his consciousness that I personally am not able to define as of yet. But I can feel the internal struggle between the three, four, five however many there are.

I don’t want to rant on about the craziness that is in my head, but am curious as to what readers out there are experiencing. How many different “selfs” do each of you have? Does your gender play a role? Your family background? Your class? Your own religiosity?


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16 Responses to “Consciousness”

  1. ItsMe says:

    Today has shown me the number of selfs or individuals is limitless, but they all fall back to a core of how I define myself in my own head. I feel its not a bad thing cause with the many identities in a social sense or at a self-consciousness (if that makes sense)level. It gives me a way of cooping and dealing with the many stressful, happy, and down right shitty days. As well I know how to be with the different people I interact with or work with. (end of my nonsensical babbling)

  2. Sundari says:

    Yes, this is definitely on my mind and I think individuals struggle to balance the self-consciousness they define for themselves with that which is defined by others. Depending on who it is that is asking me "where I come from," I seem to have a different response. That somewhat bothers me – the fact that I can't seem to reconcile the various facets of my identity, but then again I think that perhaps this doesn't necessarily have to be reconciled. Sure, I wish I was better able to articulate my identity and relate to my consciousness in a way that is inclusive of my religion, my gender, my nationality etc. Coming from someone who has passports to two different countries, and feeling like I belong to both places (or perhaps not belonging to either) it is challenging to work that into my definition of "self" too. Regardless of all this, I think it's a privilege to be able to have this perspective on identity and being part of the rich Sikh diaspora is something I would never let go of.

  3. Sundari says:

    Yes, this is definitely on my mind and I think individuals struggle to balance the self-consciousness they define for themselves with that which is defined by others. Depending on who it is that is asking me “where I come from,” I seem to have a different response. That somewhat bothers me – the fact that I can’t seem to reconcile the various facets of my identity, but then again I think that perhaps this doesn’t necessarily have to be reconciled. Sure, I wish I was better able to articulate my identity and relate to my consciousness in a way that is inclusive of my religion, my gender, my nationality etc. Coming from someone who has passports to two different countries, and feeling like I belong to both places (or perhaps not belonging to either) it is challenging to work that into my definition of “self” too. Regardless of all this, I think it’s a privilege to be able to have this perspective on identity and being part of the rich Sikh diaspora is something I would never let go of.

  4. Reema says:

    How many different “selfs” do each of you have?

    dozens. some of them even have different names :).

  5. Reema says:

    How many different selfs do each of you have?

    dozens. some of them even have different names :).

  6. ItsMe says:

    Today has shown me the number of selfs or individuals is limitless, but they all fall back to a core of how I define myself in my own head. I feel its not a bad thing cause with the many identities in a social sense or at a self-consciousness (if that makes sense)level. It gives me a way of cooping and dealing with the many stressful, happy, and down right shitty days. As well I know how to be with the different people I interact with or work with. (end of my nonsensical babbling)

  7. Rudy says:

    I'm dropping this note just to say hi and say I'm glad my article (Quadruple Consciousness) had some meaning for you.

  8. Rudy says:

    I’m dropping this note just to say hi and say I’m glad my article (Quadruple Consciousness) had some meaning for you.

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