The Self in Society and Personal Life Term Paper by Nicky

An exploration of the concept of the self.
# 149735 | 879 words | 6 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 29, 2011 in Psychology (General)

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The paper examines the issues of self-esteem, self-concept and self-efficacy and explores how they affect both society and the author's personal life. The paper shows how while it is difficult to define, the self plays an important role both in one's personal life and in society.

From the Paper:

"Examining the self in society forces one to quantify what is meant by self. Self-concept, self-esteem, and self-efficacy are all components within the self. According to Perera (2007), self-esteem is one's opinion of one's self. Huitt (2004) furthers this definition by writing, "Self-esteem is the affective or emotional aspect of self and generally refers to how we feel about or how we value ourselves (one's self-worth)" (para. 1). Although some people see self-esteem and self-concept as the same thing (Huitt, 2004), Huitt writes that self-concept is more cognitive and less emotional than self-esteem, which can also refer to specific parts of a self-concept. According to Alvarez (2009), self-concept has to do with a person's knowledge of him or herself "such as beliefs regarding personality traits, physical characteristics, abilities, values, goals, and roles" (para. 1). Finally, self-efficacy is defined as peoples' beliefs about their ability to "exercise influence over events that affect their lives" (Bandura, 1994, para. 1). Working together, these three concepts define one's self, or more specifically one's idea of one's self.
"In society, one's idea of one's self plays a major role in determining social behavior, such as how groups are formed and the actions of a generation. For instance Mundell (2008) writes that today's students are more likely than students in the 70s to believe they are going to have good futures and are already performing positively even when this may not be the case. This information causes Mundell (2008) to conclude that "the 'self-esteem' movement popular among today's parents and teachers may have gone too far" (para. 3)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Alvarez, J.M. (2009). Self-Concept. Retrieved August 2, 2009, from Child Development Reference Volume 7:
  • Bandura, A. (1994). Self-efficacy. In V. S. Ramachaudran (Ed.), Encyclopedia of human behavior (Vol. 4, pp. 71-81). New York: Academic Press. Retrieved August 2, 2009, from Emory University:
  • Bandura, A. (1997). Self-Efficacy. New York: Macmillan.
  • Huitt, W. (2004). Self-concept and self-esteem. Educational Psychology Interactive. Valdosta, GA: Valdosta State University. Retrieved August 1, 2009, from
  • Mundell, E.J. (2004). U.S. Teens Brimming With Self-Esteem. Retrieved August 2, 2009, from Medicine Net:

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