Cyborg Identity

Jean Luc Picard as Borg

Another recent Smithsonian lecture I attended was on cyborgs—past, present, and future. A cyborg is a genetically enhanced human, a person with both biological and artificial parts—and they’re everywhere now, not just in science fiction movies!

Past

Perhaps the first representation of a cyborg in media was the monster Frankenstein, who was created from reanimated dead tissue. Later, Edgar Allen Poe dealt with that issue in The Man That Was Used Up about a man with extensive prostheses. In 1960, the term was coined to use in relation to space flight. It was decided that it would be best/most efficient to modify man to adapt to space versus adapting an environment in space to human needs. The question then became how to merge technology into the body. This possibility of reengineering the human body was investigated extensively in the 1960s with NASA’s “Engineering Man for Space”, the 1963 Cyborg Study.

diagram of NASA's cyborg study


Throughout the 1970s and 1980s up until present day, cyborgs have been popping up in television shows and movies more and more: Star Wars’ Darth Vader, Star Trek’s Data and Borg, Battlestar Gallactica’s cylons, the Terminator, the Six Million Dollar Man, Gattaca, Iron Man, and many others.

Present/Future

Now, artificial limbs and hearts, implants, knee replacements, pacemakers, and cochlear implants, among other medical advances, are accepted as quite common. What will the future hold? Transhumanism? A larger role for artificial intelligence and augmented reality? Cryogenics? Natural evolution? Only time will tell.

Enneagram and Human Potential

3D Diagram of Enneagram and Levels of DevelopmentIn the Enneagram, the levels of integration for each type indicate your potential from a personality-based perspective. Although we all fluctuate at times between healthy, average, and unhealthy behaviors, where our base is can determine what we are able to achieve in life.

The chart of Enneagram Type Development details the three levels of development, the purpose, and the lesson for each type.

Identity and Self-Actualization

“The greatest crime in the world is not developing your potential. When you do what you do best, you are helping not only yourself, but the world.” –Roger Williams

Humanistic Psychology is a branch of Psychology that focuses on human potential and the healthy, whole person. American Psychologist Abraham Maslow formulated his Hierarchy of Needs diagram to explain the various levels of needs we all have, culminating in Self-Actualization—the full realization of one’s potential (or Transcendence, a future level added later).

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs Pyramid

Characteristics of Self-Actualized People

  • Accepting and Realistic—Respectful of others, objective, nondiscriminative, compassionate, embracing and enjoying all cultures
  • Problem Solving—Concerned with helping others and solving problems in the world, responsible, ethical
  • Spontaneous—Open, creative, original, unconventional, true to self, sense of humor
  • Independent—Comfortable being alone, nonconformist, form own opinions and views, a few close friends rather than many surface relationships
  • Appreciative—View world with wonder and awe, curious, interested in everything
  • Have Peak Experiences—Experience moments of intense joy, awe, and ecstasy, which inspire and transform them

Astropsychosynthesis

identity in the zodiacAstropsychosynthesis uses concepts of Psychosynthesis and applies this to your astrological birth chart to understand more about your subpersonalities. The planets can indicate various subpersonalities, and how they are placed in the chart can indicate how well integrated they are into your core personality and in what part of your life they express themselves. Several planets together can make up a particularly strong or well developed subpersonality.

You can use the gifts of your various subpersonalities to overcome challenges in life to achieve your full potential. Need to incorporate some discipline and structure into your life, where is Saturn located? Are other planets/energies combined with it? Saturn with Mercury could mean you need to plan more; Saturn with Venus, that you could use some help from a counselor or friends to get back on track. Or, maybe you need more action or change in your life. Where are Mars and Pluto? Have fun exploring the possibilities of the many combinations.

To learn more about what each planet means and possible subpersonalities for these energies, see Astrological Planets, Meanings, and Subpersonality Possibilities and apply it to your birth chart to get to know more about your many miniselves.