Relatedness and the formation of the self
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In terms of phenomenology, we cannot have a perception of anything without some interpretative activity: this would, of course, include the experience we have of ‘I’. And this interpretative activity is taking place all the time – we don’t come up with one interpretation that we stick with, regardless of everything else that we experience afterwards. In the same way, our interpretation of who we are – our self-concept – isn’t static either. We are not fixed entities in the scientific sense, then, but rather we are always in the process of becoming, of standing out or emerging (as Cooper (2003) reminds us, we are verb-like happenings rather than noun-like things).