How is it we evolve to think with a new mindset using reassessment of our past experiences…and allow this process to translate to improved thinking about our current condition of the Self? How does the evolution of a new mindset allow an individual to understand their own Self or personality and that of another? How does this contribute to a greater satiety for Self and desire for mutuality with another? These are the type of questions considered in this article.
As offered by Hegel in the preface to The Phenomenology of the Mind: “A new mind is never at rest but always engaged in ever progressive motion, in giving itself a new form”. The new mindset is the result of the coalescence of various development stages of the Self and reflects the loss of an old mindset and the establishment of a new mindset.
To understand one’s Self or another person in a basic way involves understanding of where the individual exists in his or her evolution of Self and the yearnings for inclusion and distinctiveness of Self. These yearnings and how they are integrated or coalesce and embedded into the evolutionary balance of Self are the major determinants in personality and the evolution of any subsequent ongoing mindset.
Does this coalescence process within each stage of the development of Self occur continuously or is it established with periods of dynamic stability or balance followed by periods of instability? The growth and loss (changes) of coalescence during the stages of mindset evolution ultimately results in a new balance or mindset about how we think and our expectations for a culture of mutuality and respect with others. This is analogous to climbing an ever-spiraling staircase with movement upward and backward yet still evolving to a higher level or new condition of Self.
There is typically an ongoing tension between self-preservation and the self-transformation of Self to a new condition of satiety and mutuality. This occurs as the Self differentiates itself from the environment while increasing its integration or acceptance of the condition in which it exists. The foundation of a new mindset or how we look at our life condition is based upon this differentiation and integration process with the environment in which we live and work and learn.
What are the various stages of the Self which naturally coalesce or become integrated in creating a new individual mindset? The stages of development an individual moves through on the journey to the highest level of Self—The Inter-Individual Self, involves passing through the changes which are undergone during the psychological stages known as the Incorporative Self, the Impulsive Self, the Imperial Self, the Interpersonal Self, the Institutional Self and finally culminating in the Inter-Individual Self with its evolved mindset.
The new mindset evolves as an individual moves from one stage of Self to the next. The complete and ever progressive motion giving the mind a new mindset is the regeneration that occurs…but can continue onward with age once the Inter-Individual Self is established.
Constant reassessment of the Self with an ever-changing new mindset allows acceptance of once dismissed experiences or challenges as part of Life and allows a satiety condition which demands mutuality and social connection. This translates to contentment with Life.