Five levels of self-awareness as they unfold early in life

Consciousness and Cognition 12 (4):717-731 (2003)
When do children become aware of themselves as differentiated and unique entity in the world? When and how do they become self-aware? Based on some recent empirical evidence, 5 levels of self-awareness are presented and discussed as they chronologically unfold from the moment of birth to approximately 4-5 years of age. A natural history of children's developing self-awareness is proposed as well as a model of adult self-awareness that is informed by the dynamic of early development. Adult self-awareness is viewed as the dynamic flux between basic levels of consciousness that develop chronologically early in life
Keywords *Consciousness States  *Self Actualization  *Self Perception  Childhood Development  Human Potential Movement
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DOI 10.1016/S1053-8100(03)00081-3
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