Welcome to my new series!
Word of the Week is something new that I’ve decided to try out. Those of you that enjoy my writing tips will love this little tidbit. Each week, I’d like to post a word I’ve found (while reading, of course) and share what it means. I’m hoping it will improve my own vocabulary, and maybe it will help you, too! So, without further ado, here’s our first official Word of the Week!
- The quality of being self-centered or selfish. (Oxford Languages)
- “A theory holding that the self can know nothing but its own modifications and that the self is the only existent thing” (Merriam Webster)
According to Merriam Webster (and my good friend, Wikipedia), Solipsism originated with Descartes. During social relations studies, he discovered that we can never know the real experience of others. Realistically, we can only see what’s inside of our own mind. Depressing, right? Leave it to Descartes.
So, there you go. This week’s word is Solipsism. Now, the next time you’re reading and you see it, maybe you’ll remember this post and have a faint idea of what it means (unless of course, you’re totally unlike me and already knew).
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