Why are we still obsessed with ‘self’ in the digital age?
The word self is still used as a synonym for “person”, and in the same way it was in the early days of radio.
The term is used by radio hosts, comedians and actors, who want to use the word in a certain way and feel they are being self-aware.
But the word “self” has been around longer, in various forms, and has more meaning than ever before.
It’s a term that is still a big part of the internet, and for many people it’s a defining concept.
“I think there’s a lot of people out there who don’t really know what the word ‘self’, that they just use it as an adjective,” says Caitlin Feltman, an independent music journalist based in Melbourne.
“They use it to mean someone who’s not themselves, or who is a product of their environment.
It also has a negative connotation, meaning people are selfish.”
She’s talking about people who want people to pay attention to them and be polite to them.
“That’s a huge misconception. “
There are a lot more people who are just people who don [sic] know what they’re talking about.” “
That’s a huge misconception.
There are a lot more people who are just people who don [sic] know what they’re talking about.”
The word has a long history, but the word itself has changed over time.
Its meaning has also changed.
In the 1960s, people who didn’t know they were “selfish” were described as “self-centred”.
And in the 1980s, the term “selfie” was popularised by the US pop culture site MySpace.
“The word ‘stupid’ and ‘stinking’ came into being around the same time as the term ‘self’,” says Felt.
“There was a certain amount of irony about it.”
But Felt says that the word self in the 1990s was used as part of a wider cultural shift.
“We’re used to having the word [self] in the context of a person who’s really self-absorbed, self-obsessed, selfless, or has a sense of entitlement,” she says.
Felt argues that self is no longer the only word people use when they describe themselves.
The word “I” is now used more often to describe the self, too.
Faced with a range of conflicting ideas about what it means to be a self, many people choose to define their self with a term like “I”, Felt agrees.
“People are trying to understand what their identity is,” she said.
“It’s like they’re saying ‘I am who I am, not what I am’.” “But that’s not the way we should be defining our identities.
It is important to understand that being a self is not about being happy with your self.”
Felt is currently working on a book about self-help and she wants to share her experiences of self-awareness.
Fittingly, she’s been in the music industry for over a decade.
She says the self-esteem she’s gained in her career has been the result of her growing self-knowledge and becoming more confident in her abilities.
“When I started out, I felt I was not as good as I could be,” she told the ABC’s Q&A program in October.
“And I’ve come a long way since then.”
Felsons journey into self-care has also had a huge impact on her work.
She’s written a book called Self-Care for Women and a book that she’s co-authored with friend and self-styled “self care expert” Lisa Dearden.
“In terms of the work that I’m doing with Lisa and myself, there’s not a whole lot of self care advice out there.
The only thing that’s really been written for me is self-love,” she explains.
“If I’ve done a bad job of self love, I can do it again.
That’s how much I’ve grown.”
Fears of a lack of self are not new.
In fact, the word is used in the UK to describe people who have no self-confidence, depression or anxiety.
It can also be used as an insult.
“This word ‘bad’ has been used to describe a lot, but it doesn’t mean that the person is not a person,” Felt told the program.
“You can have bad intentions, you can have selfish motives.
There’s a big difference.”