Proprium versus denial


“Proprium is the aspects of personality forming the integrated unity that constitutes the individual’s uniqueness and sense of individuality.”  —-Allport—-            Proprium is, further, the body senses; the awareness on the part of the individual of one’s identity, continuity, striving, and image. In other words, proprium is the self or ego of an individual. It does not mean that the proprium is egoism or egotism. Egoism (Phil), a theory that our actions are always caused by the desire to benefit ourselves, is systematic selfishness; the state of mind, in which, one is always thinking of oneself. Besides, egotism is the practice of talking too often or too much about oneself. As per psychoanalytic theory, ego is the superficial portion of the Id or primitive infantile mind, that develops out of the Id in response to stimulation from the infant’s physical and social environments. In this way, egocentric who is concerned or preoccupied with the self, egotistic meaning that the tendency to over evaluate the self or one’s own accomplishments, and egopathy, the hostile behaviour arising from an exaggerated sense of self-importance, are not the characteristics of proprium. “What is proprium?” Proprium is the integrated unity in all aspects of personality of an individual, such as, physical, mental, conscientious, and intellectual aspects. It is look or appearance of a person, that is, also counted in the physical aspects, for instance, a person of fierce aspect; a person with a serious aspect; or a genuine person. The systematic selfishness, egocentricity, or conceitedness account for mental aspects. The consciousness within oneself of the choice one ought to make between right and wrong is the conscientious aspect. The aspects of intellectual faculties, the voluntary activity, or super-conscious mind governs the elements of proprium, the uniqueness of an individual, and sense of individuality. On the contrary, a pathological condition takes over the control of an individual’s self or ego, in that, the involuntary activity, or unconscious mind gives rise to fixed-action patterns, species-specific behaviour, or instinctive responses from memory including defensive reactions.                                               Denial is, one of the fourteen terms of ego-defense mechanisms, protecting self from unpleasant reality by refusal to perceive or face it. There are many kinds of denial forming the parts of an individual’s habit. It is also a kind of the sense of individuality, in which, one is to tell-a-lie repeatedly on some pretext or excuse. It becomes a unique pattern to deny the truth in spontaneity of reception and response due to fear or something else. Now, the question arises, “Whether defense mechanism, meaning thereby, any behaviour pattern that protects the psyche from anxiety, shame, or guilt is faulty pattern or autonomic response and that is acquired or that occurs in spontaneity?”                 Denial is a learned response. It is a faulty pattern as it bases on false ego, face it or make it extinct. Anxiety, shame, or guilt, the negativity trait indicates towards major abnormality that may occur in future, as it is imperfect or incomplete. Integrate or combine (parts) into a whole. An integrated personality means person whose physical, mental, and emotional components fit together well so that his/her behaviour is normal, etc. Finish the half-finished grief. In accordance with the cause-effect relationship, find out the cause and its effect. What were the circumstances that led to the arousal of feelings of shame or guilt? There is a way out in each and every situation, position, or condition. You must liberate your mind from incomplete or imperfect thing.

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