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Self-Styling AKA: How to Look Good (but like, in a philosophical way)

The first thing you need to know about self-styling is that, while it does not mean using hair gel to do your hair, it can incorporate it.



(click the photos to see the notes Cassidy and I took)

Self-styling is the act of making yourself into a better person, whether that is through deeds, make-up, or simply a self-confidence boost. Nietzche was the one who said that art gives us distance from our lives, which helps us see our own selves from a distance. To me, this simply means that art helps us see ourselves as others see us.

For example, take the word ‘us’. Us. us. US. us us us us us us us us.

Does ‘us’ look weird to you now?

It’s the same with ourselves. We look in the mirror (and shop windows and car doors…) so often, and know our own faces so clearly that we’re almost too familiar. We need to take a step back.

take a step back, Justin

But, continuing on: Nietzsche also discusses how art—or artistic distancealso helps us think beyond our own selves. Nietzsche calls our usual state ‘artistic foreground’, while art gives us the ability to see beyond, into the background.

Self-styling also ties in with self-reflection, as one must reflect upon who they are before they begin self-styling. While various philosophers claim that self-styling requires concealing the parts of yourself that are unattractive, I believe that self-styling is to fall in love with yourself, whether it is through make-up, wikihow, or otherwise.

“Glittery hair gel is the best way to self-style yourself.” – Nietzsche

The trouble, of course, comes when/if someone constructs their self “too greatly” which, if we translate that into layman’s terms, means to not get too big an ego. This leads into Criticism, which is the next part of the booklet.

ps: A lot of this info is taken from the booklet, so consider this my source.


2 Responses to Self-Styling AKA: How to Look Good (but like, in a philosophical way)

  1. kelseyf says:

    Hi Jess and Cassidy,
    I liked your thoughtful post and your presentation last week as well. What do you think the benefits of self-styling are? And do you think the only way to self-style is on our exterior, (ie makeup, hair gel) or can we self-style ourselves on the “inside” with changing our personality and traits?

  2. samthom says:

    Hi Jess and Cassidy,
    Awesome blog post, very informative without being too wordy, and cut to the pointof your post. As I wrote this, I realized my question was the exact same as kelsey’s. Does self-stylin include the interior? Does self styling the exterior directly affect the interior and vice-versa? Great job on the post and presentation!


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