• Noun: your consciousness of your own identity
• Noun: a person considered as a unique individual; example: "one's own self"
• Adj: (used as a combining form) relating to--of or by or to or from or for--the self; examples: "self-knowledge", "self-proclaimed", "self-induced"
Obedience is detachment from the self. This is the most radical detachment of all. But what is the self? The self is the principle of reason and responsibility in us. It is the root of freedom, it is what makes us men.
The key to making healthy decisions is to respect your future self. Honor him or her. Treat him or her like you would treat a friend or a loved one. A Stanford study showed that those who saw a photo of their future self made smarter financial decisions.
Desire then is the invasion of the whole self by the wish, which, as it invades, sets going more and more of the psychical processes; but at the same time, so long as it remains desire, does not succeed in getting possession of the self.