Construction of individual's self-image

Construction of individual's self-image


Virginia Satir (1916 - 1988), an American psychotherapist from the Paolo Alto school, explains that the construction of an individual's self-image is based on his experiences and interactions with others in early childhood, which is rooted in emotional memory.

As adults, we tend to reproduce the same dominant/dominated hierarchical model in our social, professional and emotional relationships. This can lead to anxiety and feelings of inadequacy in many relational situations.

The "5 freedoms" are five permissions that human beings give themselves to feel free in their lives:

  • seeing what is
  • to feel what we feel
  • to say what you want to say
  • to go and get what you need
  • act in accordance with yourself

Change comes through awareness of the mask (role) we prefer to wear: victim, leader, vigilante, helper, entertainer, etc., and acceptance of who we are behind the mask, with our strengths and weaknesses.

The Palo Alto School is a current of thought and research named after the city of Palo Alto in California, from the early 1950s. It is cited in psychology and psycho-sociology as well as in information and communication sciences in connection with the concepts of cybernetics - Wikipedia