This-essay is a7702231.htm which is available at the web-site www.essayz.com. See more notes at the bottom. Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay By-Months By-Years By-Words Webs of Like-&-Un-Like ESSAYS <==> Like-&-UN-Like This-One ========================================================== %SELF WATCHING 770223 Perspective upon one's own behavior may come through self-watching. The problem is that the watched self does not behave as the unwatched self ---even when the watcher is the self being watched. Self-consciousness tends to undermine natural behavior. Thus it is difficult to carry out a self study of one's own natural behavior. Subjective awareness and subjective processes can not be objectively studied; they do not yield to objective procedures. The methodology of objective procedures clouds the reality which constitutes subjectivity --- just as the methodology of measuring the position of an atomic particle clouds the momentum of the same particle in proportion as the position measurement is successful. Success in objective procedures similarly clouds success in subjective perceptions. Thus persons other than the self cannot carry out objective procedures which will successfully do for self the subjective self-study which self cannot do for self because of the watched-self phenomena. The limitations of science are very significant in these respects. The self who cannot watch self directly can, by indirection, watch self in a mirror --- be it physical or personal. In a physical mirror self can gain a view of physical self which cannot be seen in the absence of a mirror. Similarly, through intimate relationships with a close friend, a person may gain views of subjective self which cannot be seen in the absence of mutual awareness and mutual understanding. Through the iterations of reciprocal perceptions, responses and decisions --- intimate friends may gain insights into their subjective realities which cannot be gained through introspective self-watching. The development of close friendship does not necessarily lead to a nearly complete understanding of all issues which are worthy of considerations. More nearly complete self-insight may result in the process and there is created a more complex organism which is as incapable of total self-understanding as were the individual members of that organism incapable of total self-understanding. Friends cannot fully understand their friendship through self-watching of their friendship. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in www.essayz.com Search for Integrity and Honesty (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================Lines beginning with a percent sign are KEYWORDS for use in ESSAY-System Searches. Their terminal digits are dates of writing in the format @yymmdd#, where @ = a means 99, @ = b means 20, and # = is a within-date essay-count. Links to date-adjacent essays are near page top & bottom.
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