What we in the West define as the true self is actually patterns of continuous responses to people and the world; patterns that have built up over time. For example, you might think, I’m just the kind of person who gets annoyed easily. On the contrary, it’s more likely that you have become the kind of person who gets irritated over minor things because of how you’ve interacted with people for a years. But that’s not because you are, in fact, such a person. By being loyal to a “true self,” you ended up concretising destructive emotional habits.
– The Path – A new way to think about every thing by Professor Michael Puett & Christine Gross-Loh.