Our sense of self is our perception of ourselves.It organizes the way we think about ourselves and our experiences of the world we live in. It consists of the feelings, thoughts, beliefs, behaviors, perceptions, and attitudes we have about ourselves and the world around us. A strong sense of self allows us to feel serene and secure in the world, regardless of what is happening around us.
When we are young our sense of self grows through our interactions with our parent. Ideally, we receive love, empathy, compassion, and nurturing from our parents. We internalize this love and caring from our parents and provide it for ourselves. We internalize that sense of caring, security and safety into our mind, body, and emotions and become our own source of security. We develop a secure base inside ourselves which helps us remain maintain an even keel even when there are external stressors. We are able to be psychologically alone.