Unwanted Self

The Unwanted Self represents the personality traits, characteristics, and actions that an individual Bodily Ego perceives as undesirable.[1] Traits may be perceived as undesirable by the individual bodily ego either because they are disjunctive and cause the invocation of painful Steering Emotions, or because an individual who has these traits, e.g., homosexuality, has experienced censure and assault as a consequence of their expression. In either case,

Related Terms

Alignment, Awareness Redirection Mechanisms, Awareness Reduction Mechanisms, Bodily Ego, Connection Pathology


Repression and other Awareness Reduction Mechanisms are deployed in order to suppress awareness of the unwanted self.


  1. Newman, Leonard S., Kimberley J. Duff, and Roy F. Baumeister. “A New Look at Defensive Projection: Thought Suppression, Accessibility, and Biased Person Perception.” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, no. n5 (1997).