Self definitions




The New Oxford Dictionary defines ‘self’ as:


A person’s (or phenomenon’) essential being that distinguishes it from others,

A person’s particular nature or personality,

The qualities that make a person individual and unique.



Wikipedia defines ‘self’ (very inadequately) as:


The self is the subject of one's own experience of phenomena, such as perception, emotions and thoughts.



The Buddha never defined (the) ‘self’ (Sanskrit: atma). He merely stated that (the) ‘self’ was not abiding, i.e. permanent (to wit, all emerged phenomena are anatta, i.e. without (abiding) self).



Victor’s definition of ‘self’:


A set of applied adaptation rules (that serves survival).

One’s adaptation state, to wit, ‘I am (i.e. my self is) how I have adapted’.