Я-Неизвестное в достижении самотождества и самопреобразовании личности
This paper provides a comprehensive view of the concept of the unknown self (US). The manuscript covers the origin of US, conditions of its existence, its associations with the known self (given paradoxicality of these associations), subjectivity of its search and disclosure, its impact on reaching self-identity and self-transformation. A starting definition of US is introduced which is defined as one’s awareness of not knowing themselves. US is presumably overcome by means of reflection, relationships with other people, and productive actions. The study employed personological methods integrating thereby the theoretical hermeneutic model of unknown self, empirical premises of studying US, a new “Unknown Self Scale”. Several aspects of US, given previously insufficient attention, were highlighted in the paper. In particular, US and interpersonal relationships, hypostases of US, its content, US under opportunities and potentials of the person, age trends of US, US and significant others, US within extended interpersonal space, US in the structure of self-concept, US as a signal of self-identity and self-disidentification, motivation of search for and disclosure of US, cultural and individual sources of “knowing about not knowing themselves”.