Reliance on the body as the foundation of the firmness of the self-identity of the individual

  • A. V. Pashynska National Pedagogical Dragomanov University
Keywords: identification, self, corporeality, socialization, internal culture, social body


The role of corporality in the formation of the firmness of a person’s self-identity is examined in the article. Our goal was to find out how a person should treat his body so that in the process of social activity, it serves as a support for his self-identity. Mostly we focused on the study of the constructive self-identity of the individual. It is a person’s ability to maintain his integrity and stay true to himself in all life situations. It is clarified that the concept of  «human corporeality» includes interaction not only with one’s own body, but also with other bodies. It is revealed that the study of one’s own corporeality is actualized when a person breaks away from the «body of the family» and must join the «body of the social». Actually, this process can cause a crisis of self-identity. What, in particular, is prompted by the unstable state of our society. Thus, bodily identification has to do with the socialization of the individual. In order to acquire it, the person must master his own body, get used to his own social body and create his own inner culture of caring for the body. The control of one’s own body is an experience of its corporeality, a sense of the significance of its body, the establishment of its limits. Use in the proper social body involves improving it, creating a certain bodily image, which should correspond to the position of a person in society. The internal culture of body care should include a culture of nutrition, a sleep mode, physical activity control, cleanliness and cleanliness of the appearance, etc. It is established that the support of a person to his own body can help him not to lose his identity both in the process of socialization and in social space in general. For this, it is necessary to create a dialogical relationship with your body, the ability to listen to its signals. It is under such conditions that the human body will act to the Other, on which the individual has more chances to preserve his own identity. It is established that in the process of socialization it will be fruitful to first establish relations with the body of the city, as a unit of social space. At the same time, the body of a small town is more organic and natural, so it has better conditions for the individual to existentially open another and to maintain its identity. It is proved that the bodily self must complement the psychic self. Their unity will ensure the person’s constructive steadfastness of self-identity. The latter is symbolically successfully transferred to the plant «water lily».


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How to Cite
Pashynska, A. V. (2018). Reliance on the body as the foundation of the firmness of the self-identity of the individual. Scientific and Theoretical Almanac Grani, 21(8), 94-102.