UnitIV Essay: APersonal Stream of Consciousness
APersonal Stream of Consciousness
Thestream of consciousness is of one of the most controversial conceptsin the field of psychology. This concept was developed by WilliamJames, who believed that the stream of consciousness is made up of aparade of feelings, thoughts, ideas, concepts, images, emotions, andsensations that have no end (Frager & Fadiman, 2013). This isbased on an assumption that thoughts that are triggered by thepersonal consciousness are sensibly continuous. However, Jamesacknowledged the fact that time-gaps may occur at times, but they aresimple interruptions. Inclusion of issues in the sequence of thoughtsis a selective process (Green, 2013). This means that human sensesselect issues or objects that one should give attention to and ignorethe rest. In this paper I will address my personal stream ofconsciousness with the main focus on my memory of events that tookplace while in elementary, fourth, and fifth grades.
Oneof my significant early childhood memories is the warm interactionwith my mother. One of the happiest times I have never forgotten isthe day she bought me a tricycle. She also introduced me to childishwords that linger in my memory to-date. For example, the mummy wasthe nickname for my mother, papa meant dad, while pee-pee or wee-weewas an instruction word that my mother used to inform me that Ishould urinate before going to bed.
Thememory of the death of my grandmother preoccupied me during thefourth and the fifth grades. Although the death of my grandmotheralso affected me, my main worry was the warm relationship I had withmy mother. My mother cried and became depressed by the news of thedeath of her mother, which made me doubt whether she could take careof me as she had always done before. The issue of intimatechild-parent relationship kept recurring in my mind. I used torespond to the recurring thoughts by crying and isolating myself fromother children. However, a mention of certain words (such as sorry,hope, and love) fascinated me, especially when they were directed tome.
Englishand poetry in particular, was my favorite subject in school. One ofthe key memories I attach to English as a subject is my mother’shabit of insisting that I should use the standard English whencommunicating. I liked the girly books, such as The Babysitters Clubbooks, which advanced my English language skills.
Thereare some common sayings by our family members that had a significantinfluence in my life. For example, my mother used to tell me that agood start results in a good ending. In my simple interpretation ofthis saying, I thought that my mother meant that I would be able tospeak and write a standard English in advanced levels of education.However, this would only happen if I started using Standard Englishfrom childhood. Due to the limited interaction I had with my father,I did not manage to get a common saying from him. My aunt used totell me that I was just like my mother. I took this as a complimentbecause I always wanted to emulate my mother.
Oneunforgettable thing that my teacher did was to tell me that I was asfooling as my mom when I failed to answer his question correctly. Ifelt embarrassed, not because I was insulted, but because the insultincluded my beloved mother. Of the painful thing that happened atschool is the burning of the school library, which made me worriedbecause I knew that I could not find the books I liked until new oneswere bought. One of my happiest moments is when I was named the beststudent in poetry. This was an encouragement and a motivation tocontinue doing what I loved, wring and reading poems. Another momentthat I cherish is the day my mother took my sister and me toDisneyworld at the age of 12 years. It was a joyful moment that hasremained in my memory to date.
Inconclusion, the stream of consciousness is made up of a series ofthoughts, feelings, images, and emotions that are continuous, butthey can be interrupted from time to time. My personal stream ofconsciousness consists of both happy and sad moments. These memoriesrecur in my memory at different times and they have varying impactsin my life.
Frager,R., & Fadiman, J. (2013). Personalityand personal growth (7th ed.).Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Green,D. (2013). Classicsin the history of psychology: The stream of consciousness.Ontario: York University.