Inventing the Self


November 6th, 2013 by Adam Wagner · 1 Comment

Miller’s chapter struck me as intriguing.  I have never been one to read biographies/autobiographies/memoirs with frequency, but I have picked up a few along the lines; mostly dealing with musicians and comedians I admired.  However, what intrigued me about Miller’s piece is her self-reflective attention to how reading other people’s memoirs and stories structured her own.   Having not actively read these personal pieces with any attention but a passing interest in admired celebrity figures, I never performed the self-reflection of what actually happens as you read them.  While reading Miller’s chapter, I immediately began to consciously remember particular stories and moments of other people’s lives that I have  incorporated into my own through the process of “identification” and “disidentification.”  I then extrapolated that from the written word into other forms of narrative I have been a part of (stories, personal experiences, movies, books, television, etc) and realized that a large part of the formulation of my personality can be traced from this process.  It is pretty astonishing the pieces of personality you acquire in this way.

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  • matthew finston // Nov 6th 2013 at 5:31 pm

    It seems that disidentification plays a remarkable role in how we shape our identities. It seems that disidentification is also pedagogical. What we are exposed to at a young age, especially the movies, books, stories that are deemed appropriate are absorbed so that when we later encounter this notion of having a unique self that we use these early childhood texts in our identification/disidentification process

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