Self

Self

Self is a reference by an individual to the same individual person. This reference is necessarily subjective and it follows that self is a reference by a subject to the same subject. The sense of having a self - or self-hood - should, however, not be confused with subjectivity itself. [1] Ostensibly, there is a directedness outward from the subject that refers inward - back to its "self" (or itself). Examples of psychiatric conditions where such 'sameness' is broken include depersonalization , which sometimes occur in schizophrenia : the self appears different to the subject.

Middle English (intensive pronoun), from Old English; akin to Old High German selb , intensive pronoun, and probably to Latin suus one's own — more at suicide