THE SOCIAL SELF—1. THE MEANING OF "I"
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As Professor James says in his admirable discussion of the self, the words "me" and "self" designate all the things which have the power to produce in a stream of consciousness excitement of a certain peculiar sort. Meantime the feeling itself does not remain unaltered, but undergoes differentiation and refinement just as does any other sort of crude innate feeling. And concrete self-feeling, as it exists in mature persons, is a whole made up of these various sentiments, along with a good deal of primitive emotion not thus broken up. Self-feeling of a reflective and agreeable sort, an appropriative zest of contemplation, is strongly suggested by the word "gloating." The correlation of self-feeling with purposeful activity is easily seen by observing the course of any productive enterprise. The object of self-feeling is affected by the general course of history, by the particular development of nations, classes, and professions, and other conditions of this sort.