Do all humans have some concept or ideal that they try to live up to? Do some of us have several clashing self-concepts?
Ha, depends on the one that is them most profitable; it may be more than what is self sufficient. Not to wax lightly on what you say but self and the concept of that is so difficult to know, with all the outside influences impose on individuals, who or what the self is. The clashing's you mention could be moods or mixed emotions?
Where do such concepts come from?
That which is the most popular? A result of being needed and conforming to that which veils the innate self? These are good questions you raise recon and I can only offer what it is that I think. People are so ready willing able to be a part, they will do anything to do that even sacrificing self. The innate self, and it begins at an early age. We don't let our children be who they are we want them to be like us and do what we do and think so we don't have to worry about them. In affect we are trying to clone them, ha! Ring a bell. That's what technology is up to, ha no good in my opinion. We are trying to build the perfect human. Ha. One we can program to do what we think is good. Damn!
How do they evolve or change? Do we have a sort of ethical instinct that causes us to construct an ideal self?
Absolutely! That's what death is all about. That is the journey. The finding of the innate self and all the good that we are that is aligning with where ever the universe is going or God, as it were. Of which I feel are one and the same. God's Debris or pieces.
How does this ideal self or self-ideal connect to philosophical views?
Good question. I'd like to know the answer to that one myself. If we didn't ponder so much we might begin to understand who we are is such a way we would not question and argue so much. It's as though we are looking for someone we could get along with and we find them, then we adopt them for ourselves so we won't be so alone and oop's there goes another self sacrifice and then we form in groups. God only knows what it would be like if we all were recognized for who we were and the many ways we would compliment/complement each other without judging each other trying to figure out which one we want to be.
Ha, it's like asking a person for their identification and then they have to prove who they are. If it doesn't meet certain criteria, they are breaking the law and null and void. Pay the piper, please or be penalized.
A maligned version of a not so benevolent "big brother". "Hell, I don't know who I am; who do you want me to be", ha! "If you tell me that then perhaps I might be able to oblige". Or then there's "Who wants to know"? Ouch!!! Ye doth ask too much, ha! Or more suicidal, "It's none of your business who I am; who the hell are you"! That's the one I particularly like.
Metaphysically is like even though we don't know who we are, we know we are in there somewhere and inadvertently hiding whoever that is for fear of losing it. Now don't ask me what that means because I don't know. It as if we could only get rid of all that we are not, then we could be free to be who we are and so very comfortable in that self and the sufficiency it offers. If we have ample or more and others can benefit, we give that away because we have it and don't need it so they can have it too because we have an abundance of what it is they are lacking.
I don't know all that implies of what I just said but it sure sounded good, ha! Perhaps you can add something to it or detract? I hope I didn't zoom out too far. Ha!