Understanding the Concept of Self Term Paper by Spirittalk

A discussion on the concept of self and its relationship with emotion and behavior.
# 151599 | 1,233 words | 3 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jun 30, 2012 in Psychology (Social)

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The paper defines the concept of self and discusses the development of self. The paper then examines the relationship between self and emotion and how this relationship influences the self-esteem of the individual. The paper also looks at the relationship between self and behavior and how this relationship influences self-presentation. The paper shows how if one is to lead a happy, productive and fulfilled life, one must develop a clear concept of self that is definitive, stable, and in harmony with others.

Defining the Concept of Self
Development of the Self-Concept
The Connection between the Self and Emotion and how the Connection Affects the Individual's Self-Esteem
The Connection between the Self and Behavior and how the Connection Affects the Individual's Self-Presentation

From the Paper:

"Self-concept is possessing knowledge concerning oneself (Houck, 1999). Four levels of self exist: body self, inner self, interpersonal self, and societal self (Fiske, 2010). According to William James, the material self or body self is the most basic aspect of self and includes one's physical features and limited to one's body. The spiritual self is an identity reflective of self, private and intrapersonal. The interpersonal, rational, and social self is reliant upon the personal relations between individuals. The rational self is responsible for adaptation and orientation with regard to specific social context. One's roles in life like student, teacher, or business owner are an extension of self, related to the interpersonal self or one's social identity. Contemporary social psychological research assigns and measures self by way of three categories: self-concept, self-esteem, and self-presentation. Three core social motives exist that explain the manifestations of self: The drive to understand is fundamental to one's self-concept, the desire to self-enhance supports one's feelings concerning self and self-betterment, and the desire to belong drives the individual to employ behavior that enhances one's ability to survive by way of social interaction (Fiske, 2010). The primary goal of the individual is homeostasis; therefore, the ideal-self, represented by who the individual aspires to be or who another wishes him or her to be, begins to develop early in life."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Fiske, S. T. (2010). Social beings Core motives in social psychology (2nd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Son, Inc.
  • Houck, G. (1999). The measurement of child characteristics from infancy to toddlerhood: temperament, developmental competence, self-concept, and social competence. Issues In Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing, 22(2-3), 101-127.
  • Marsh, H. (2011). Self-Concept: The Cornerstone of the Positive Psychology Revolution. Mt. Royal, New Jersey, US: International Positive Psychology Association.

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