Outline of self

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The self is the individual person, from his or her own perspective. To you, self is you. To a different person, self is that person.

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to the self.

Essence of oneself[edit]

Main articles: Self (philosophy), Self (psychology), Self (sociology) and Self (spirituality)

Life stages/events[edit]

Stages of life[edit]

Major life events[edit]

Individual rights[edit]

Main articles: Human rights, Individual rights, Security of person, and Self-ownership

Much of the western world values the concept of individual rights. These rights vary from culture to culture, and by very definition, from person to person, and appear mainly in individualist societies. In considering the self, the most intimate legal relation would be what is codified as 'sui juris', or what laws have a purposed place so far as they are derived of the self.

In such cultures, it is generally considered that each and every individual has the following rights:

  • security rights – protect people against crimes such as murder, massacre, torture and rape
  • bodily and property rights – encompass "ownership" of your own body and choosing what to do with it, as well as the fruits of the labour that spring forth from using your own body. ("Every man has a property in his own person. This nobody has a right to, but himself," per John Locke, Second Treatise on Civil Government)
  • liberty rights of the Classical era – protect freedoms in areas such as belief and religion, association, assembling, movement, and other self-determination (as an individual person), privacy from government and others, and freedoms from other paternalist meddling generally, whether by governments or others; also encompasses security, bodily and property, political, and due process rights, many group rights, some welfare rights, and (especially outside of the USA in the Classical era) equality rights, as all of those categories appear in this list
  • political rights – protect the liberty to participate in politics by expressing themselves, protesting, voting and serving in public office
  • due process rights – protect against abuses of the legal system such as imprisonment without trial, secret trials and excessive punishments; often overlaps with the bodily rights, listed above
  • equality rights – guarantee equal citizenship, equality before the law and nondiscrimination in regards to one's eligibility for all of the other rights in this list
  • welfare rights (also known as economic or social rights) – require the provision of education and protections against severe poverty and starvation; generally an expansion of positive liberties
  • group rights – provide protection for groups against ethnic genocide, and self-determination (as a group) and the ownership by countries of their national territories and resources; may overlap with the bodily and property rights, and Social equality rights, listed above

Personality traits[edit]

Main articles: Big Five personality traits and Trait theory

Personal values[edit]


See the list at Virtue#Virtues and values


Main article: Vice
Main article: Sufism


Main article: Self-actualization

Self management[edit]

Self-preservation and self-maintenance[edit]

Personal concepts[edit]

Harmful traits and practices[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]