03 Self-schemas, self-complexity and self-esteem

03 Self-schemas, self-complexity and self-esteem - Study...

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Study Question 3 – How do people organize beliefs and information they have about themselves? Use what you learned in class and from the text to (1) describe what self-schemas are, (2) to explain the differences found between people high and low in self-complexity, and (3) to discuss the characteristics associated with high and low self-esteem. People organize the beliefs and information they have about themselves into self schemas. Schemas are organized networks that we create in our minds around all of the different objects we pay attention to in our lives, which includes all of the different way we think about the object and all that we know about the object. Self-schemas are those schemas that hold all of the information one has about oneself. How one organizes these schemas and how a person’s characteristics are divided between schemas comes from how one is informally taught in life how to organize the way they think about themselves. Self-schemas, or the beliefs people have about themselves, can be organized in different ways for different people. The way most people in individualistic society’s organize self-schemas is by the roles they play. I know I do this. I have a self-schema, or set of characteristics, that I bring up when I’m playing the role of student at school and a different one when I’m playing the role of delivery man at work. Some of the characteristics in my student self-schema are that I’m studious, a little anxious, and a generally nice, sociable person, whereas some of the characteristics in my delivery man self-schema are that I’m laid back but diligent and generally a nice, sociable person. As can be seen in this short list of characteristics from those two self-schemas there is a common thread running through both of them. At both work and school I consider myself to be a “generally nice and sociable person”. The self-schemas are semi-related, as all schemas are, having a sort of running theme throughout them all that makes it evident that there is still some central personality among all the different roles one plays. However, all of these characteristics that I consider part of my self-concept as a whole (self concept – the running theory of ourselves as a whole made up of our thoughts and beliefs about who we are) are sub-divided into domain specific sets, meaning that specific sets of these characteristics are present in each one of my self-schemas and that whenever I am playing a certain role in life those characteristics of the appropriate self-schema for that role
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course PSC 3080 taught by Professor Mccreary during the Fall '05 term at CSU Stanislaus.

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