I stumbled across this interview and found it completely fascinating. It’s something that I’ve thought a lot about – out of necessity – since my illness causes fundamental disruptions to my sense of ‘self’. I often say that that I use the pronoun ‘I’ only out of convenience. It really doesn’t have much meaning for me. Rather than being able to take it for granted, as I imagine most people do, I have a kind of methodically constructed definition of what ‘I’ means. It helps but it’s not a replacement for the real thing.
I’ll write more about this when I’ve read the book.
In the meantime, this interview with the author of the book is really worth reading.