'We call ourselves liquid magicians and paint wizards, or sometimes stunt clown acrobatic speed artists,' says Bridget Duffy, whose credits include Showtime with Robert De Niro, as well as television's acclaimed Mad Men.
In this view, our selves are far more extensive than we've been led to believe. They extend beyond our own bodies to include what we think of as other selves and the world. We live in the minds of others, and they in ours.
The word "self" carries strong connotations of autonomy, individuality, and self-sufficiency. It's as if it were chosen to mask our interdependence. It's hardly an exaggeration to say that in buying into this notion of selfhood, humankind got off on the wrong foot.