012510 (Sources of Self-Knowledge)

012510 (Sources of Self-Knowledge) - II. Sources of...

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II. Sources of Self-Knowledge A. Physical World things that we do not need to compare with others. If I want to know my weight, I step on the scale i. Limitations We feel the need to compare with others. Am I fat compared to others? Average? B. Social World i. Social Comparison 1. We compare ourselves to other people under conditions of uncertainty A. “How good do you write? 2. Who do we compare to? To others similar to us along relevant dimensions A. We would compare the writing skills of ourselves with other college students 3. Upward comparison Comparing with others better off than you A. Depression, rejection, frustration 4. Downward comparison comparing with others worse off than you A. Joy, Hopeful, Happy 5. Ex Thomas’ friend who has breast cancer A. One day she feels bad because she compares herself to other similar aged women who are healthy. “Why me?” B. Another day she compares herself to other people in the hospital who are about to die. “Thank God I can at least live longer than them!”
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