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Whenever Two People Meet There are Really Six People Present

William James was an American philosopher and psychologist, the first educator to offer a psychology course in the United States. He was one of the leading thinkers of the late nineteenth century and is believed by many to be one of the most influential philosophers the United States has ever produced.


James held a world view in line with pragmatism, declaring that the value of any truth was utterly dependent upon its use to the person who held it. And then he came up with this. This is from a line in William James’ The Principles of Psychology.

“There is each as he sees himself, each as the other person sees him, and each as he really is.”

“So When I’m with someone who then is speaking to whom.”

Various questions arise from this:
Like, the ‘real you’ is the conductor of what you see yourself as and what you project yourself as to others. so the ‘real you’ is always present. Also, what if, he sees himself as he really is ?

source: books.google.com

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