RSI - Residual Self Image


Residual Self Image: The subjective appearance of a human while connected to The Matrix is called Residual self image, or RSI for short.
While having a Matrix marathon, I realized one more thing about the philosophy behind the movie.
When Morpheus is explaining what Matrix is and how it works to Neo, he says something about "Residual self image". In the beginning of the movie Neo appears like a regular person in the Matrix, because he doesn't believe that he is "the ONE". After he believes and knows that he's "the One" his RSI improves a lot.
This had to do something with the confidence. So I started to search on the internet about self image and look what I found below. It's not something you might not have guessed, but it's really interesting to see it in real life and in people around you.


Self image
A person's self image is the mental picture, generally of a kind that is quite resistant to change, that depicts not only details that are potentially available to objective investigation by others (height, weight, hair color, sex, I.Q. score, etc.), but also items that have been learned by that person about himself or herself, either from personal experiences or by internalizing the judgments of others. A simple definition of a person's self image is their answer to this question - "What do you believe people think about you?" A more technical term for self image that is commonly used by social and cognitive psychologists is self-schema. Like any schema, self-schemas store information and influence the way we think and remember. For example, research indicates that information which refers to the self is preferentially encoded and recalled in memory tests, a phenomenon known as "Self-Referential Encoding" (Rogers et al. 1977).

This part is very important for everyone!

Poor self image may be the result of accumulated criticisms that the person collected as a child which have led to damaging his/her own view of himself/herself. Children in particular are vulnerable to accepting negative judgments from authority figures because they have yet to develop competency in evaluating such reports.
Souce:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self_image

My opinion is this: Don't let your RSI fool you! Because, it's not real. Instead realize the truth and find out who you really are and what you look like...
Like Rumi says: "either seem as you are or be as you seem"