Friday, February 5, 2010 9:47:39 AM
Self-Expression is not usually a conscious activity.
We can be consciously self-expressive or conscious
of our self-expression. But whether we are aware of
it or not, we are expressing ourselves all the time.
Two important points follow from this fact. One is that
the self is not limited to the conscious self and is not
identical with the ego. The second is that we don’t have
to do anything to express ourselves. We impress people
just by being, and sometimes we impress them more by
not doing anything than by trying to be self-expressive.
In the latter case we risk creating the impression of a person
who is desperate for recognition. And our self-expression
may become inhibited by our own self-consciousness.