Self-Consciousness plagues many of Wallace's characters, and even appears in some of his nonfiction as well. The idea is that with Self-Consciousness comes a feeling of alienation, of loneliness, with no real way of understanding anyone else's thoughts or feelings even close to as well as one's own.
Occurrences in Wallace's work
- "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again (essay)"
- "My Appearance"
- "Tennis Player Michael Joyce's Professional Artistry as a Paradigm of Certain Stuff about Choice, Freedom, Discipline, Joy, Grotesquerie, and Human Completeness"
- "The Devil Is a Busy Man"
- "Yet Another Example of the Porousness of Certain Borders"
- Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature
- The Broom of the System
- "Adult World (I)"