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DevPsy.org Susan Harter’s (1999) Prototypical Self Descriptions Three- to Four-Year-Old (p. 37) “I’m three years old and I live in a big house with my mother and father and my brother Jason, and my sister, Lisa. I have blue eyes and a kitty that is orange and a television in my room. I know all of my ABC’s, listen: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, J, L, K, O, M, P, Q, X, Z. I can run real fast. I like pizza and I have a nice teacher at preschool. I can count to 10, want to hear me? I love my dog Skipper. … I’m not scared! I’m never scared! I’m always happy … I’m really strong, I can lift this chair, watch me! Eight- to Eleven-Year-Old (p. 48) I’m pretty popular, at least with the girls. That’s because I’m nice to people and helpful and can keep secrets. Mostly I am nice to my friends, although if I get in a bad mood I sometimes say something that can be a little mean … At school, I’m feeling pretty smart in certain subjects like Language Arts and Social Studies …. But I’m feeling pretty dumb in Math and Science,
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Unformatted text preview: especially when I see how well a lot of the other kids are doing. … Fifteen-Year-Old (p. 67) What am I like as a person? You’re probably not going to understand. I’m complicated! With my really close friends, I am very tolerant, I mean I’m understanding and caring. With a group of friends I’m rowdier. I’m also usually friendly and cheerful but I can be pretty obnoxious and intolerant if I don’t like how they’re acting. I’d like to be friendly and tolerant all the time, that’s the kind of person I want to be, and I’m disappointed in myself when I’m not. At school, I’m serious, even studious every now and then, but on the other hand, I’m a goof-off too, because if you’re too studious, you won’t be popular … I really don’t understand how I can switch so fast from being cheerful with my friends, then coming home and feeling anxious, and then getting frustrated and sarcastic with my parents. Which one is the real me?...
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2011 for the course PSYC 4070 taught by Professor Rosenthal during the Spring '10 term at LSU.

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