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These developmental or non-subordinating relationships play out in the parental relations and collective child-rearing practices that replace nuclear families and official education in Woman on the Edge of Time. This developmental approach to power is also explicit in the premises of the anarchist practice of Free Skool and in the structure of workshops, meetings, and discussion groups at many anarchist and queer gatherings and groups.

As I have pointed out, contemporary queer anarchism encompasses under its overarching ethos of the deconstruction of hierarchy for mutual aid, the deconstruction of gender and sexuality norms and the prefiguration of alternatives, which can be predicated on non-essentialist bases, as I have demonstrated. The deconstruction part is certainly the easier of these two tasks, but it is clear that many contemporary anarchist communities also consider what comes after this, how alternative ways of being premised on autonomy can be fostered without reifying a new set of norms through a blueprint.

Free Skool is an example of a contemporary anarchist practice that is derived from anarchist education practices that have been documented from the early nineteenth century see Avrich. This practice can, however, also be understood as a departure from a conception of selfhood akin to that discussed by Beauvoir and Butler rather than from the humanistic premise often found in classical anarchism. They do not assume, therefore, that they are revealing an innate co-operative nature like the one presumed in classical anarchism. Additionally, there were sessions concerned with relationships more broadly such as Love Unabashedly: The Undefining of Relationships, which demonstrates a desire to foster alternative ways of relating.

Free Skool Vancouver. The positive values that sessions strive towards seem to be those of autonomy and pleasure, in loving unabashedly, renaming and reconstructing language, and in redefining sex and relationships radically. This focus on education specifically is analogous to the creation of cultural contexts more broadly by communities that foster the capacities for alternative ways of being. Anarcho-queer communities also engage in the creation of zines and online communities that are able to foster shared culture in geographically diverse contexts, gatherings and spaces that enable physical space for fostering alternative culture and cultural creations such as music and art that may also foster alternative consciousness see Nicholas for discussion of broader anarcho-queer cultural creation.

These fundamentally collective approaches evade the individualistic voluntarism that plagues some early queer theory and are also ideal tactics for deconstructing the assumption that sex and sexual difference, alongside and as part of gender, are necessary elements of identity. They are also useful methods for fostering ways of relating according to explicit ethics of reciprocity and recognition rather than according to pre-existing identity categories. Additionally, I suggest that for those who wish to develop ways of being beyond sexual difference, the strategies of contemporary anarchist and radical queer practice may be of use and inspiration.

These strategies offer a way forward from the point of departure of non-foundational social subjects because they operate from the premise that change must be a collective process and that a certain amount of explicit developmental power is necessary to foster the capacities of selves in the pursuit of autonomy over identity. I find this unproblematic because many of their articulations of subject formation and agency, as well as their ethical bases and telos , especially as I read them, parallel one another.

Additionally, like Stoetzler , I believe that the corollary of Beauvoir's line of argument is in fact compatible with Butler's analyses. Allen, Amy. Avrich, Paul.

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To see the contact points between philosophy and dream research more clearly, let us look at the very specific connection between subjectivity and attention in the dream state. Attentional agency AA; see Metzinger, a : 6. AA is the conscious experience of initiating a shift of attention, of controlling and fixing its focus on a certain aspect of reality. We know that this property is selectively missing during non-lucid dreaming, but likely also during infancy, dementia, or severe intoxication syndromes.

AA involves a sense of effort, and it is the phenomenal signature of the functional ability to actively influence what you will know, and what, for now, you will ignore. Under a predictive coding approach Friston, , having an attentional 1PP can be fruitfully associated with second-order statistics or precision optimization Hohwy, and with the internal modeling of mental resource allocation Metzinger, a , but on the functional level of global availability i.

The attentional 1PP is conscious, but non-conceptual. It is important to note, however, that it is one thing for a system to have the capacity for selective, top-down attentional control, and another for the same system to also know that it possesses this capacity. One centrally relevant theoretical idea is that the conscious experience of directing one's attention involves creating an internal model of an ongoing process of resource allocation, thereby establishing a self-representational kind of knowledge for the organism.

The essence of this knowledge is that the organism is not only a bodily, but also an epistemic agent—a being that is currently attempting to expand its knowledge by actively directing its own capacities for information processing at the world and at its own states. Dream researchers and empirically informed philosophers have collaborated to investigate those changes in the human self-model that are necessary in causally enabling the transition from non-lucid to lucid dreaming, have recently made progress in conceptually differentiating stages of lucidity as well as in isolating the neural correlates of this specific target property Windt and Metzinger, ; Voss et al.

Here is one example how dream researchers could make a contribution to the project of grounding the 1PP. In these experiments, lucid dreamers actively send signals to the experimenter via deliberate eye movements, which can be read off the EOG and are retrospectively confirmed by the dreamers themselves. This discovery is theoretically important, because it gives us a first candidate for a grounding relation connecting the conscious dream body with low-level physical dynamics measurable neural activity controlling eye movements , perhaps linked through an unconscious body-model mediating the active exploration of visual space Dement and Kleitman, ; Leclair-Visonneau et al.

Phenomenal self-consciousness and self-related cognition can be grounded in different ways, including neurally realized simulations, bodily processes, and situated action Barsalou, : Interestingly, here we find all three of them: Gaze control in the lucid dream state clearly is a form of virtually situated action, because it involves motor control plus attentional resource allocation in a virtual environment; it uses an internal simulation of the body-as-visually-attending the self-model of the dream state, see Windt and Metzinger, ; Windt, for details ; and it has dynamic, structure-preserving bodily correlates.

Here we have an example of a specific and functionally persistent grounding relation connecting the origin of the 1PP to unconscious processes, and in a situation where bodily action is almost entirely absent. It would be a valuable contribution to describe the necessary and sufficient conditions for this grounding relation to be realized in the dream state in a more precise way, and especially the temporal dynamics, the different stages though which it appears and disappears in the dream state.

Perhaps bodiless dreams are the class of phenomenal states in which the relationship between MPS and the emergence of an EAM can be studied best. Some philosophers claim that there is a proprietary, distinctive and individuative phenomenology of higher cognitive processing that cannot be derived from sensory phenomenology, others deny this claim. Very obviously, research on the phenomenology of mentation in REM- and NREM-sleep, or on the characteristics of the thought process during lucid vs.

In the absence of demanding external tasks, during routine activities or while resting we often lose the quality of attentional agency as defined above. Empirical findings show that we have the ability to take explicit note of ourselves as engaging in mind wandering, but only intermittently and only rarely.

While mind wandering clearly is a recurring, marked loss of cognitive control and interferes with online sensory processing for an excellent, concise overview of performance costs, see Mooneyham and Schooler, , p. Conceptually, mind wandering and dreaming are both interesting to philosophers, because they involve a cyclically recurring decrease in mental autonomy that is not self-initiated and frequently unnoticed. NREM-sleep mentation and non-lucid dreaming clearly are also periods during which the functional property of M-autonomy is absent, although complex cognitive processes are taking place across all sleep stages Nielsen, ; Fosse et al.

Here, my thesis is that the recurring loss of mental autonomy is one major characteristic of our cognitive phenomenology, and that both research on dreaming and mind wandering have developed important research tools to investigate this hitherto neglected aspect further like external probing, or systematic questions after sleep laboratory awakenings; see also Smallwood, It is empirically plausible to assume that a considerable part of our own cognitive phenomenology simply results from a frequent failure of executive control McVay and Kane, I would claim that this actually is one of the most important functional and phenomenological characteristics of human self-consciousness, as a matter of fact, one of its most general, principal features: The almost constant presence of subpersonal and automatically generated mental activity as generated by the default-mode brain network; Raichle et al.

If I am right, autonomous cognitive self-control is an exception, and not the rule Metzinger, under review. There are many other important connections between dreaming and waking mind wandering. On the other hand, lucid lapses and mind-wandering lapses can both plausibly be interpreted as the disintegration of the EAM: The subject of experience loses the quality of epistemic agency. Second, dreaming and mind wandering may both share positive functionalities, such as the encoding of long-term memory Christoff et al.

If yes, what is their concept of lucidity? In mind wandering, the experience of oneself having actively regained meta-awareness and thereby mental autonomy could be an illusion of control over a mental event, which was really triggered by an unconscious process Wegner, ; Schooler et al. Although mostly neglected by philosophers 12 , both theoretical issues are directly relevant to the project of cognitive phenomenology. How do properties of the body constrain our model of the world? Does the body itself play a constitutive role in cognitive processing? What is the role of unconscious and conscious body representations for higher forms of intelligence and for the phenomenology of bodily self-consciousness?

To give an example, in earlier publications, I have claimed that the dream state, which is accompanied by sleep paralysis, often is an example of explicit body-representation we experience a dream body , but in the absence of active low-level embodiment, simply because the physical body is inert and fully paralyzed Dreamers, therefore, are not fully embodied agents e.

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On this view, the phenomenal body is completely independent of the physical body. I also pointed out a single, highly interesting exception, namely the reliable directional correspondence between dream-eye movements and real-eye movements: There is at least one sense in which the phenomenal dream self is not completely disembodied in the functional sense Metzinger, a , p. The generalized version of the functional disembodiment claim, however, has now been refuted, as it can be shown that more than one minimal form of functional embodiment is preserved during REM-sleep dreams cf.

Windt, , chapter 8. Real-body stimulation e. On the output side, there is also ample evidence for dream-enactment behavior in healthy subjects e. Are there any empirical examples of bodily experience or stable cognitive processing in dreams being created completely offline? Windt , chapter 8 has investigated the issue and points out that, at the very least, it would be hard to see how there could be any empirical evidence for saying that such instances of functionally disembodied self-consciousness exist in dreams: state-of the-art studies investigating the sensory input blockade Hobson et al.

This suggests that the most plausible and parsimonious explanation of bodily experience in dreams, as well as the most effective methods used for its study, will appeal to its real-bodily basis. There are a number of relevant contact points between dream research and the burgeoning field of embodiment in philosophy and cognitive science. The two most important questions may be the following: Can the multiple cognitive deficits seen in the dream state be better understood if we analyze them as deficits in embodiment , bringing the whole armory of new conceptual tools developed in current philosophical discussions of embodiment Shapiro, , situated cognition Robbins and Aydede, , or active externalism Clark and Chalmers, ; Menary, to bear on the problems at hand?

Second, if we aim at a comprehensive theory for the phenomenology of embodied selfhood, empirical constraints produced by dream research can be extremely fruitful: How determinate or indeterminate is oneiric body representation really Windt, ? What is the minimal unit of identification see Part 1 above , and how can dream research inform conceptual work about the necessary and sufficient conditions for MPS Blanke and Metzinger, ; see section Minimal Phenomenal Selfhood: The Original Hypothesis above?

Could there be a radical form of philosophical skepticism, much more radical than the systematic process of doubt in Descartes methodological skepticism, which claims that even during the most critical, rational self-reflection it is possible to be fundamentally wrong about the reliability of one's own cognition? Could we enjoy the cognitive phenomenology of rationality, insight, or certainty while being fundamentally wrong about the epistemic status of our own mental states? Dream research, it seems, delivers a direct proof of concept.

It demonstrates that unnoticed rationality deficits are possible at any point of our conscious lives. Jennifer Windt is the first author to systematically investigate this particularly promising contact point between philosophy and dream research, which has mostly been overlooked by professional epistemologists.

She writes:. In a dream, one can have the impression of engaging in rational thought or remembering something about one's waking life and be completely wrong. The phenomenology of knowing, thinking, and remembering seems particularly vulnerable to this type of corruption in the dream state. This type of dream deception, then, is not so much deception about the nature of the dream world as deception about the reliability of one's current cognitive abilities. It is epistemologically troubling because it brings the threat of deception even closer to home: whereas Cartesian dream deception has us deceived about the perceptual world and our bodies, deception from corrupted cognition has us deceived about our minds.

Consequently, we can never be sure of being truly rational, at any given moment. Windt, , section It also bears on the methodology of dream research itself, because it calls into doubt the status of dream reports. In principle, subjects in sleep laboratories could suffer from massive memory losses or distortions, or confabulate about their own phenomenology without knowing Rosen, In practice, however, when taking into account all our background knowledge, prior probabilities and considerations of simplicity, we are justified in a simple inference to the best explanation stating that dream reports, at least when gathered under certain ideal reporting conditions, will be veridical Windt, In conclusion, we can now name a short, non-exhaustive list of desiderata for future research, focusing on new interdisciplinary targets connecting the philosophy of mind and empirical dream research:.

Isolating the property of minimal phenomenal selfhood MPS : Much more precise data on bodiless dreams are urgently needed. I have hypothesized that the sense of selfhood seems to remain robust even in those asomatic OBEs and bodiless dreams in which there is neither an experience of motion in space nor goal-directed mental activity. Taxonomy : There is now a new way to categorize dreams, namely, by their unit of identification UI.

Dissociating functional levels of the first-person perspective 1PP : Which specific contributions can dream research make to the project of grounding the 1PP? Lucidity and EAM : Is it really true that extended bodiless dreams mostly occur in lucid dreams? More data are needed. Phenomenology : One empirical prediction the current proposal makes is that transparent spatiotemporal self-location is necessary and sufficient for bringing about a minimal, consciously experienced sense of selfhood.

Is MPS instantiated in these cases? Embodiment: The depth of embodiment during dreaming should be investigated in greater detail, because it sheds light on the different ways in which the body structures and anchors the phenomenal, representational, and behavioral spaces we navigate. Cognitive phenomenology : How can dream research inform debates in philosophy of mind, for example by elucidating the hitherto neglected nature of the frequent, cyclical recurrence of loss of mental self-control?

Are there other common functionalities? In conclusion, it has become clear that philosophers and dream researchers still have a lot to learn from each other, and that interdisciplinary cooperation should and must be further developed. In order to directly support this goal, the current contribution has tried to isolate a set of particularly promising research targets and described specific interdisciplinary contact points. Viewed from the systematic, metatheoretical perspective of philosophy of mind, the MPS-problem may be the most relevant and innovative entry point, because it helps to conceptually unify the problem landscape in a new way.

Dreams and phenomenal states are subjective states, and in order to understand the constitutive conditions determining the gradual emergence of a subject of experience, we need to understand the fundamental phenomenology of transparent self-identification that is common to all levels of conscious subjectivity. The author declares that the research was conducted in the absence of any commercial or financial relationships that could be construed as a potential conflict of interest.

Therefore, the subject of experience feels as if being in direct and immediate contact with their content. An opaque phenomenal representation is one that is experienced as a representation, for example in pseudo-hallucinations or lucid dreams. On this level, my claim would be that the origin of the 1PP the minimal phenomenal self is not tied to a specific form of content , but to the region of maximal invariance, that is, to the most robust, dynamically stable, and Bayes-optimal region in the overall model of reality.

Limanowski and Blankenburg A strong 1PP occurs when the model of the organism as a whole, given through MPS, is represented as being directed at an object component including, potentially, the body itself. A cognitive 1PP appears when a system possesses an abstract concept of itself as a subject of experience, and is able to apply this concept to itself. See Metzinger, a , , for details. It leaves out no objective phenomena and no subjective phenomena of consciousness.

In autoscopy, the object-component of the first-person perspective—what the subject is phenomenally directed at—is formed by a self-model which is not a subject -model, it is not a representation of a knowing self. You see your own body, and you recognize it as your own, but presently it is not the body as subject , the body as the locus of knowledge and of lived, conscious experience —there are two bodies, but only one EAM.

It is also interesting to note how OBEs, phenomenologically, are not states of full disembodiment. On the contrary, there always seems to be a spatially located phenomenal self, even if its embodiment is reduced to a purely spatial point of epistemic agency. Perhaps this is part of the reason for varied results. Even if you force people to answer the question they may not really know whether they had another body or not. However, unlike Blackmore, Windt defends the additional claim that this is not just a factor of not knowing whether or not one had a body, but of there being no fact of the matter in experience itself.

Clearly, there is a minimal form of temporal content as well, and it is an important source of invariance. See Metzinger, a , sections 3. The non-lucid dreamer experiences epistemic agency mostly as a search for stability, or an ongoing, constantly perturbed attempt to understand the situation, whereas the lucid dreamer is capable of goal-directed mental behavior, in thinking, remembering, and focusing attention on specific target objects.

Sartre, McGinn, and Ichikawa all assume that we control our daydreams, and try to show that the same is true for nocturnal dreams — but based on empirical evidence from research on mind wandering see section 4. National Center for Biotechnology Information , U. Journal List Front Psychol v. Front Psychol. Published online Oct Author information Article notes Copyright and License information Disclaimer.

Edited by: Jennifer M. This article was submitted to Consciousness Research, a section of the journal Frontiers in Psychology. Received Jul 26; Accepted Sep The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author s or licensor are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms. This article has been cited by other articles in PMC. Abstract This metatheoretical paper develops a list of new research targets by exploring particularly promising interdisciplinary contact points between empirical dream research and philosophy of mind.

Keywords: consciousness, self-consciousness, minimal phenomenal selfhood, full-body illusions, out-of-body experiences, bodiless dreams, first-person perspective, mind wandering. The relevance of dream research for philosophy of mind—and vice versa This paper has two parts. What is the MPS-problem? Some of these problems are metatheoretical, for example: What counts as an explanation?

What is the proper conceptual interpretation of psychophysical correlations? What is the epistemological status of first-person reports? Box 1 Levels of self-consciousness. Minimality and the phenomenology of identification What is the simplest form of self-consciousness, both in dreaming, and in waking? Difficulty 2: does the distinction between self-identification and self-location collapse? Asomatic OBEs Out-of-body experiences are episodes of phenomenal consciousness during which subjects experience themselves as being located outside of their physical bodies, often but not necessarily involving a perceptually impossible external perspective from which the physical body is seen, heard, or felt.

Carlos Alvarado writes: Box 2 Glossary of Terms. Bodiless dreams A rare, but well-known phenomenon are dreams in which there is only an abstract self-representation in terms of a model of the dreamer as an epistemic subject, identified with an extensionless point in perceptual space. In a first-order approximation, there seem to be three central defining characteristics: Minimized spatial content body perception is reduced to a point in space ; Phenomenal epistemicity the stable experience of being a knowing entity ; Self-identification.

Let us look at one simple example: I was thinking of problems about my examination … I had the image of the open book … nothing else.

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Here is a non-exhaustive list of desiderata for future research: What is the minimal unit of identification in the dream state? What is the maximal unit of identification in the dream state? Philosophy and dream research: promising contact points The central claim of this paper is that empirical research on dreaming is highly relevant for philosophy of mind and cognitive science, as well as for the flourishing interdisciplinary field of consciousness research in general. Example 4: self-deception, epistemology and the argument from cognitive corruption Could there be a radical form of philosophical skepticism, much more radical than the systematic process of doubt in Descartes methodological skepticism, which claims that even during the most critical, rational self-reflection it is possible to be fundamentally wrong about the reliability of one's own cognition?

She writes: In a dream, one can have the impression of engaging in rational thought or remembering something about one's waking life and be completely wrong. Conclusion In conclusion, we can now name a short, non-exhaustive list of desiderata for future research, focusing on new interdisciplinary targets connecting the philosophy of mind and empirical dream research: Isolating the property of minimal phenomenal selfhood MPS : Much more precise data on bodiless dreams are urgently needed.

Footnotes 1 I want to thank Jennifer Windt, both reviewers, Adrian Alsmith, and Susan Blackmore for helpful discussion and important pointers to relevant literature. References Alvarado C. Research on spontaneous out-of-body experiences: a review of modern developments, — Trends Psi Res. Mapping the characteristics of out-of-body experiences. Psychical Res. Inspired by distraction mind wandering facilitates creative incubation. Back to the future: autobiographical planning and the functionality of mind-wandering.

Grounded cognition. Cognitive phenomenology. Oxford University Press; Multisensory brain mechanisms of bodily self-consciousness. Full-body illusions and minimal phenomenal selfhood. Trends Cogn. Xenomelia: a social neuroscience view of altered bodily self-consciousness. The brain's default network. Sleep paralysis and the structure of waking-nightmare hallucinations. Dreaming 13 , — That implies that their identity characteristics start to contrast at. Even though the community has made progress they still have a long way way to go especially within the workplace.

The topic of sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination in the workplace is something I am very passionate about. When I was nine years old my father came out to me and every sense then gay rights has been something I am extremely passionate about. My father has worked for. Many of the models have stages of sexual identity development suggesting that certain characteristics are present during a specific period.


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Many comment that identity production through digital communities is a vivid representation of identity production in the real world hence equipping one with the skills needed for networking in the real world. On the other hand, others criticize that identity production. Our perception of our identity is constantly changing, the groups we belong to, the people we talk to and the way we connect with others help to form our identity.

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There is one thing we all have in common despite our individual identities, is the need to belong. An individual can belong to many groups, which will then create multiple identities; hence our understanding of identity is never constant. Belonging to a loving family. Identity alludes to the unique and persevering examples of contemplations, feelings, and Behaviors that describe each individual 's adjustment to the circumstances of his or her life. In the profundity idea of identity has been adjusted to distinctive connections with the point of giving particular expectations of conduct under the particular connection.

Recent studies estimate that between one and nine million children in the United States have at least one parent who is either lesbian, gay, or transgender. However, many people feel uncomfortable about being open due to their sexual orientation and gender identity due to fears of discrimination; such fears include, but are not limited to, loss of employment, loss of child custody, anti-gay violence and hate crimes.

Although many people may have distinctive opinions on certain outcomes or effects. There are many things that shape our identities from society, and family to things we learn on our own like experiences. Many struggle to find their identity and struggle between two or more identities. The question is which one plays a bigger role? Do I know what my preferences for. Although we live in modern times, stigmas regarding gender identity cease to exist.

These biases are prevalent within various cultures. Male and female adolescents are stifled from expressing themselves based on how they personally relate to their own femininity or masculinity and sex roles. The cause of this constriction of emotions is due in large part to these young people being coerced into obeying the rules of society.

In addition, societal constructions seem to totally disregard the. As mainstream media is now embracing the once taboo topics of sexual orientation and gender identity as popular culture utilities, psychologists and medical professionals are still researching the biological, psychological, and social differences between the two. The analyses. Identity Many people believe that a journey leads to a development of identity, of who we are as a person. Along the same lines, our values and characteristics evolve over time, as we make changes throughout our lives.

Therefore, the liaison that identity and journey, share is a journey of obstacles and internal and external trials. Thus, helping us grow by maturing and helps develop valuable life skills as a result, learning new experiences.

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This journey will help us see what makes us different. Identity and the Way Individuals Shape Their Identities for Themselves One of the central issues of psychology is identity and the way individuals shape their identities for themselves. People live in different regions all around the globe and are consequently exposed to a distinct type of culture, religion, education, family values and media. These influences instill certain rigid values in people from birth, which configures their self-concept and the way they perceive other individuals.

As women age they are more likely to get married, have children, begin careers, and settle into a lifestyle that is dictated to them by patriarchal rules. However, when I started to really reflect upon the 21st century, I began to realize that many of the culturally defined ways of. It is broadly defined as the summation of a person's sexual interests, behaviors and tendencies.

It is can also be defined as one's responsiveness to sexual attractions. These sexual behaviors may live with such person through out such person's lifetime. Moreover, some commentators have defined it as the summation of one's feelings about the person's. Society dictates what can and cannot be done, what is right and wrong, what is to be accepted and what is to be shunned. In our world today, we feel the need to conform to the norm, to feel as though we somehow belong, that we are a part of something bigger — that we belong to a community.

In our world today, we are also encouraged to set ourselves apart from everyone. Each people have their own personality, being different and unique from other people. However, these groups is not open for all people, some people have to sacrifice their aspects of identity in order to belong to. Higher education is constantly evolving, which is why it is extremely important to take sexual orientation identity and its influence on student development into account.

I will also share my findings from three interviews with students who are in different stages of sexual identity formation. Finally, I will address. Although they hail from different times and cultures, the characters Marlow and Ari display similarities in behaviours in as such they put themselves in perilous.

In Ancient Greece, sexuality was not questioned, and it was something that was rejoiced. Today, people all over the world question the sexual identity of homosexual people, because it goes against their religion, social standards, morals, and intellect. As humans, we must comprehend the fact that being gay is nothing more than love between two humans. As humans, we must come to the realization. Paradox of Finding Identity In Sexual Freedom Humans now have a very different life compared to the past since freedom, opportunities, and information together are playing a vital role in this modern society.

Especially young people, they become more independent and are capable of living their lives. However, while society provides people a lot of benefits, it makes their lives even more complex at the same time by leaving them pressured and confused about who they really are. Consequently, my identity orbited around numerous fears, thoughts, and reactions by others and me to how I subsisted as a person because of what I discovered about myself during my journey through childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood in the realm of what I call my evolving sexual identity. Subsequently, I will address these concerns, observations, and my self-awareness through a series of five questions.

Questions What were some of the sexual myths that you were told as a child. That is a question many people ask themselves every day. As we become older people believe that wisdom is automatically granted through knowledge and experience. I was one of those people until taking this course. When first I opened and read the first chapter of the text I believed I was an experienced and a mature individual in knowing myself.