That might be a false dichotomy where both options are flawed. If someone goes that route, how does he/she scape from solipsism? The only consciousness that I can have is my own, so on this kind of theory, nothing exists but me. You and everyone else disappears along with the hated tables and chairs of the 'material world'. You are nothing, just part of my mental construct, my imaginary man. I don't believe that. There's an influential faction in the philosophy of mind that argue that way, but I think that they are misconceiving the problem. No. My intuition begins with me in the world, interacting with all manner of things. My emotions, beliefs and attitudes are shaped by those interactions. I'm not an originally pure consciousness, supplied with sense-data from... somewhere, and then tasked with constructing a universe out of it. (That idea has distorted the whole history of modern post-Cartesian Western philosophy.) I've always experienced myself as an embodied being in a world that I didn't create for myself. My intuition is that many things exist whose reality depends in no way on me. In a word: I don't try to imagine that I'm God.