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Psych paper 2 - The Self The self-concept is everything that a person knows or believes about him or herself(Lecture It includes everything from

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The Self The self-concept is everything that a person knows or believes about him or herself (Lecture, 10/1/07). It includes everything from the thoughts, feelings, and beliefs of a person to his or her actions and attitudes in certain situations. It serves a number of functions, including telling one of his or her relationship to the world, organizing one’s actions and thoughts, and telling one with which emotion to react in certain situations. For example, two things that are part of my self-concept are hard-working and athletic. Two ways that I have learned what is included in my self-concept are the Social Comparison Theory and autobiographical memories. The Social Comparison Theory states that when an objective standard is not available, people will turn to other people to compare themselves (Lecture, 10/1/07). We use others as a point of reference, and by comparing ourselves to them, we can define ourselves. This works best when we compare ourselves to others that are similar to us on the certain trait. For example,
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This essay was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course PSYCH 367 taught by Professor Han during the Winter '08 term at Ohio State.

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Psych paper 2 - The Self The self-concept is everything that a person knows or believes about him or herself(Lecture It includes everything from

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