Embodiment and interaction: Two moments of self-awareness

[Speaker] Tanaka, Shogo:1

William James made a distinction between “I,” the knowing self, and “me,” the known self. The self involves the reflexive structure of “I” and “me,” such that, I am aware of myself. Here, an important question arises: How do I become aware of myself? As is suggested by James’s inventory of material self, social self and spiritual self, it is possible to acknowledge two major moments of self-awareness. The first is bodily processes, such as sensations and movements, where I become aware of myself through my own body as an embodied agent. The second is interpersonal interactions with others, where I become aware of myself as a social agent corresponding to the partner. It is suggested that certain types of embodied interactions, such as being stared at, or being touched are keys to bridging these two moments of self-awareness.
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