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The Faces of the Self: Introspective Insights

Quintessentially, I am a thinker, an introspective ambivert and an explorer of the unknown. I wish to be a seeker of the infinite and a Renaissance woman. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve wanted to write. I wrote my first poem at the age of 9 entitled “Dolls and Toys”, and since then I’ve continued my writing odyssey.  I write because it comes to me naturally. I write because I am, and love to ink my thoughts on paper. I think, therefore I ink. Writing for me is a cathartic process, a spiritual journey, nourishment and contentment for my soul.


I never knew I’d become a psychologist. I wanted to become a geographer or a writer back in school. Then serendipitously I choose Psychology, English Literature and Economics during my under graduation at Mount Carmel College, and somehow I found more psychological proximity with Psychology and I went on to do an MSc. in Clinical Psychology. My love for foreign languages is unstoppable. So, after my Master’s, I did a Diploma in French at Alliance Française de Bangalore –which is like my cozy second home. Now as a doctoral student of Cognitive Psychology at Jain University, which staunchly believes in and encourages interdisciplinarity in research, I believe that my aspiration to become a Renaissance woman has just found its inception. I believe in treating all fields of knowledge equally, because every discipline is intertwined with several others in sophisticated fashion. There is mathematics in poetry, there is psychology in history, there is quantum physics in neuroscience, and so on and so forth. Those who have their heart in the right place will not look down upon any field of knowledge and put others on a pedestal, like putting software engineers on a pedestal, which is like a cognitive epidemic in India. All fields of knowledge are essentially equal and interrelated. . We must learn to adopt multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches to learning. Learning must not be limited to one domain, and we must all strive to be polymaths.

“Our task is to learn, to become God-like through knowledge… By knowledge we approach God, and then we can rest,” as Brian Weiss said in his bestselling book “Many Lives, Many Masters.”

The book entitled “The Faces of the Self: Introspective Insights” is partially based on my own introspection, deep thinking, reflections and mulling over the state of being and the state of the world. The ‘faces’ of the self refer to the various façades adorned by the individual. Here face does not just point to the face value of the term. It is synonymous with the words mask, veneer, personas and different lenses worn by the person in viewing and experiencing the world. In the context of my book, these ‘faces’ are aspects of the human personality, responses to environmental stimuli, containing biases, stereotypical notions and mental sets, among others. By the words ‘the faces of the self’ I’m not referring to the psychological disorder called Dissociative Identity Disorder, a condition in which different alter egos exist in one distressed client.

The subtitle of the book, that is, ‘introspective insights’ is of relevance due to the role of my introspection, intuition and insights obtained in the writing of this book. In the field of Psychology, Introspection is conscious examination or observation of one's own cognitive, conative and affective processes. This book is about looking at the world through the inner eye. How we see the world is dependent on a number of factors ranging from socio-economic background, upbringing to life experiences. The way we see the world is somewhat linked to our life script and each person has his/her own “logic bubble”, a term coined by the Father of Lateral Thinking –Edward de Bono.

There can be ‘n’ number of faces for the self. In this book, I speak about the faces relevant to me as an individual. Some of them include the conditioned self, the transpersonal self, and the philosophical self, among others. It also contains a few chapters what reality is and what we make of it. Essentially the book contains a considerable quantum of my own musings. Certain chapters were actually meant for journals, but which didn’t exactly fit those journals’ ‘toolboxes’. Hence I realized that it could well be what fits into the theme of my book. Some chapters are my cognitive ramblings, whereas others seem to be more jargonized. Jargon has been used wherever necessary. It is meant for a cross-disciplinary audience, since it contains a somewhat balanced blend of psychology, quantum physics, spirituality, and philosophical viewpoints.

I have tried to target a cross-disciplinary audience throughout the book, and I would to hear suggestions to be incorporated into my second non-fiction book. I have plans to write a romance novel, a detective novel, an anthology of short stories, a psychological thriller, a book of English poetry, a book of French poetry and a science fiction novel in the near future.

Here's the official Conscious Life News PDF of my book which you can now access for free!

Click to access THE-FACES-OF-THE-SELF-INTROSPECTIVE-INSIGHTS.pdf

 

Feel free to email me your feedback on the book at samy.samhita@gmail.com

 

About the Author

Samhita K is third year PhD scholar of Cognitive Psychology, Indian Psychology, Indigenous Psychology and Transpersonal Psychology at Jain University. Her thesis work is on Mind Wandering. She is a published poet, writer, English and French teacher, researcher, and psychologist. Samhita is the author of the book “The Faces of the Self: Introspective Insights”, published in 2018 which has received a blurb from award-winning Indian writer Usha K. R. She is a musicophile, Francophile and Russophile. She is a seeker of spirituality and is deeply passionate about Transpersonal Psychology. She is the author of the short story “The Russian Manuscript” and has also authored “The Return of the Russian Manuscript” available on Amazon. Samhita has been the Featured Poet at a cafe called Urban Solace Cafe for the Soul, which was the 262nd edition of the Longest Running Poetry Event in India. This event is also featured in the Limca Book of World Records. In July 2019, Samhita participated in creating a World Record at The Institute of Biosensory Psychology, Saint Petersburg, Russia, by being a part of the largest number of people who learnt telekinesis in the shortest period of time.

Her hobbies include reading, creative writing, journalling, music, sports, and mindfulness meditation. You can follow her on Instagram on two usernames namely, samy.samhita and thefacesoftheself. Her email address is: samy.samhita@gmail.com

 

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