Your Own Identity by Herman Meyer

Herman Meyer maintains in this book, that our identity should be taken as a guide for our own true path and that negative fate only means that we have strayed from this path. He sees fate as a blind alley, that takes us away farther and farther from our own identity, or it indicates a detour.

Almost all people are on these false starts and detours, rarely is anybody succesful in recognizing their own identity and to live accordingly.

Meyer defines the criteria for Good and Bad as identical with the “learned” conscience or with the Ego. He sees the Ego as an aquired psychic authority based on childhood impressions, education, influence, and other environmental factors.

People who are good in the conventional sense (determined by others and society’s rulesCompare with Broken Open under Spiritual Development) are in reality bad to themselves.

He claims, that the unconscious can easily make a distinction between real and unreal and he says that it is our responsibility to develop our abilities and skills.

He believes, that whoever wants to become an individual, must offend, otherwise we will remain a puppet of the norms.

Hi gives a few examples of the true nature of people: Joy in nice conversations, sumptuous food, need in mental warmth and love, safety, cuddling, own area, fun in sport, play, adventure of life, independence, creativity, research, analysis, have his/her own taste, goal and dreams.

He provides concrete example for expressions of identity:

Identity in sports

Identity in feeling

Identity in action

Identity in the creative

Identity in lifestyle

Identity in the representation of outward

Identity in relation to place of residence and neighborhood

Identity in terms of furnishing

Identity in children’s education

Identity in the diet

Identity in flavor

Identity of the erotic

Identity when choosing a partner

Identity in the form of relationship

Identity in sexuality

Identity in the sexual fantasy

Identity on the spiritual

Identity in the philosophy of life

Identity in professional

Identity in the leisure

Identity in the choice of hobbies

Identity in the choice of friends

Identity in wishes and dreams

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