I have many personas. There is the public me, the professional me, the personal me. There are probably other mes. Some of them are known by others, some are understood. Most of them are not. Even I struggle to understand me.
I heard about a case of a woman who has part of her brain missing. She doesn't recognise herself. When she looks in a mirror she knows it must be her because she is standing there looking but she can't remember that is what she looks like. In photographs she sees a woman and can be told that it is her but she doesn't know without being told. She lives her life not really knowing who she is.
I heard about this woman not long after my diagnosis with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis. I noted down: "I know this is me but I don't recognise myself in this new format. My points of reference don't quite compute. I still need to process who I am now."
Perhaps this is not so unusual. Do you know who you are right now?