September 15 - September 15, 2010 Forming a Self-Concept...

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Forming a Self-Concept Sources of Information about the Self From self: Labeling arousal states From social interaction: Direct socialization (being told directly who you are or who you should be) More indirect feedback from others or environment (e.g. a grade on a test) Observing/comparing with others Reflected appraisals (perceived or anticipated reactions of specific others) “Looking-Glass Self” – we look at ourselves and judge ourselves based on what we think that others think. The imagination of our appearance in the other person The imagination of his/her judgment of that appearance A self-feeling of pride or shame (feeling can change depending on target) Concern for significant others first Circle widens with age Comparisons with the “generalized other” Role identity Social identity How to develop a sense of self “I” am different from “you” – Differentiation Happens in stages, starts basic and gets more complex
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