The Concept of Self Analytical Essay

The Concept of Self
This paper looks at the role of self-concept, or self-representations.
# 118841 | 1,438 words | 4 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Mar 04, 2010 in Psychology (Behaviorism) , Philosophy (Metaphysics) , Sociology (Theory)

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In this article, the writer notes that self-concept has been a subject of continuous interest for several decades, and unifying evidence of research suggests that self-concept does not just reflect a behavior, but a dynamic driving force in itself that influences a behavior. It has an ability to motivate, interpret and organize self-relevant experience and provide a plan for action. The writer maintains that it is defining of a person and yet capable of change, i.e. adjusts to its social environment. The writer discusses that although self-concept is a major influencing factor, it does not always reveal itself in overt behavior. Rather, it is subtly manifested in mood changes, shifts in self-esteem, self-representation, choice of social settings, comparison to others, construction of one's reality and interpretation of this reality as one sees it fit. This paper examines several dimensions of self-concept and it s role on human behavior.

What is Self-Concept?
Self- Efficacy, Self-concept and a Real Life Example

From the Paper:

"Self-assessment also comes from direct interactions. People are equipped with a keen sense of intuition and are tuned (sometimes too tuned) to their social feedback. It is a rare individual who would not look back at his or her own behavior and speculate on feelings and intentions of others after a social contact. Even though intuitions are generally accurate, they can be also misguiding because of their self-serving nature- people tend to remember better what personally pertains to them and process information according to its self-relevance. For example, a person can mistakenly attribute stranger's avoidant behavior at the party to his snobbishness, while that person in reality is introverted and unskilled at a small talk."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Myers, D. (2008). Social Psychology( 9th ed.). New York: MGraw Hill
  • Marcus, H. & Wurf.E. (1987). The dynamic self-concept: a social psychological perspective. Annual Review of Psychology. 38 (2), p. 299-337. Retrieved December 22, 2008, from EBSCOhost database
  • Huitt, W. (2004). Self-concept and self-esteem. Educational Psychology Interactive. Retrieved from
  • Self-efficacy theory. Retrieved from

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