psych 421-notes #12 - First blush of functionalism:The...

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First blush of functionalism:- The self:- William James said there’re two parts of the self=> 1) “I”=> the knower: the active self 2) “Me”=> the known: knowledge and beliefs about one’s self. For example:- the computer processor would be the “I” and the hard drive on the computer would be the “Me”. It’s easier to study the “Me”. He said the “Me” is made up of three parts: 1) Constituents (self-concept) beliefs and thoughts about the self. 2) Feelings and emotions (self-esteem). 3) The acts that constituents and feelings/emotions prompts ( self-motives). Self-concept: - Twenty statements (who am I?) test measures self concept=> study the idea of self- concepts. - Situational context affects answers - People usually write down whatever is salient (sticks out): ex hair color (usually red=>rare). - Ethnicity - Developmental changes Self esteem:- According to James self-esteem= success/pretensions. Success is what a person accomplishes and pretensions are what a person thinks/would like to do.
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Self-esteem is also = to actuality/potentiality. Increase success, decrease pretentions=> high self-esteem.
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This note was uploaded on 02/16/2011 for the course PSY 421 taught by Professor Quinton during the Fall '11 term at State University of New York.

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psych 421-notes #12 - First blush of functionalism:The...

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