Rogers hypothesized that the
realization of the self was a process.
In his most popular book, which helped pioneer the humanistic psychology movement, he
wrote the following.
Accept yourself as a stream of becoming, not a finished
product. A person is a fluid process, not a fixed and static entity; a flowing
river of change, not a block of solid material; a continually changing
constellation of potentialities, not a fixed quantity of traits.
then, is to surrender our limited and fictitious sense of identity. To step
across the borders of the self and into the unknown.
Because even if we’re
afraid that the personality police is going to put us under arrest for
experimenting with a part of ourselves, the reality is, we can do whatever we
want. We can be whoever we choose to be. And not everybody has to be aware of
In fact, for those of us with portfolio careers and diversified identities
and multiple centers of belonging, we might be different things to different
Years ago, a family friend of ours died from cancer. And at her
funeral, it was truly inspiring to see how many different peer groups and
friend circles and professional colleagues showed up to honor her life.
She was so many things to so many different people. Debbie lived a double,
triple, quadruple life, and not in the schizophrenic sense of the word. She was
fully engaged in life. Diverse and multidirectional. A polycentric person with
multiple centers of interest and attention.
And in a world that constantly
tries to keep us in our lane, insisting that we only become one thing in life,
that’s a victory.
We have to stop pathologizing anything that’s diverse. We are
people of deep dimension.
Here’s another way to think about it.
musical audiences don’t know that the drummer in the orchestra pit also plays
banjo in a bluegrass band on the weekends. Nor do they need to. Nor would they
care if they did know.
don’t know that their favorite instructor also performs shows with a traveling
burlesque act. Nor do they need to. Nor would they care if they did know.
College students don’t know
that their physics professor also competes in stock car races during the
summer. Nor do they need to. Nor would they care if they did know.
Agency employees don’t know that their lead
programmer also sits on the board of a charity that’s trying to shut down coal
fired power plants. Nor do they need to. Nor would they care if they did know.
Why? Because we’re not
supposed to be one thing. We can do whatever we want. And nobody is going to
It’s all a matter of permission.
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