Personal Reflection on "The Self" Term Paper by Nicky

Personal Reflection on "The Self"
A writer's personal reflection on her self-esteem, self-concept and self-efficacy.
# 149119 | 1,032 words | 3 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 25, 2011 in Psychology (General)

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The writer outlines the concept of "the self" according to psychologists and philosophers and relates that the "self" in her own life includes self-esteem, self-concept and self-efficacy. The writer discusses how her age negatively affects her self-esteem and self-concept, but positively impacts her self-efficacy; she believes that she is stronger now than she was when she was younger, and that she can attain more goals than she originally thought she could. The writer then describes how the experiences of going back to school and losing a good friend to cancer have impacted her personal development.

From the Paper:

""The self" in the social world is how one presents themselves to others, and how they appear to others. This "outward" self plays an essential role in each person's affect, cognition, human motivation and social identity. According to Jung, "the self" is an archetype, and it represents both the conscious and the unconscious mind. However, there are many concepts of the self, from early philosophers to modern outlooks. One author notes, "The modern development is represented by Locke's picture of the self as a dark room where nothing but images are projected within through windows out of which the self cannot see, the intelligible light of the sun being kept out" (Tkacz, 2006). Others actually dispute the concept of the self, and believe that it has evolved into a concept that can create a false sense of self in some people. In fact, some psychologists and philosophers define the concept of "the self" depends on the relationship between "the self" and another (Mooney, 2008). In the social world, "the self" keeps personality in check, as well, allowing the person to conduct themselves in a social manner. However, the self can also be seen in the way the person interacts with others because it affects the self-concept and self-esteem, which can alter the way a person interacts with others if they are poor or low."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Droogsma, R. A. (2006). Visible identities: Race, gender, and the self. Women's Studies in Communication, 29(2), 265+.
  • Mooney, E. F. (2008). Evans, C. Stephen. Kierkegaard on faith and the self: Collected essays. The Review of Metaphysics, 61(3), 622+.
  • Tkacz, M. W. (2006). The idea of the self: Thought and experience in western Europe since the seventeenth century. The Review of Metaphysics, 59(3), 682+.

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