020110 (The Representation of Self-Knowledge)

020110 (The Representation of Self-Knowledge) - Self...

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Self Concept I. The Representation of Self-Knowledge We simultaneously use… 1) Bottom-Up process (Data Driven) – Specific General 2) Top-Down process (Conceptually Driven) – General Specific A. Self-Complexity i. How elaborate is self-concept? Is the degree of elaborateness the same for everyone? 1. People who think of themselves in many different ways high self- complexity 2. People who think of themselves in small number of ways low self- complexity A. Subjects are given a pile of index cards with personality traits. They are told to sort these into groups (School, Home, By yourself, etc…) The more piles they have, the higher the complexity score B. People who have high self-complexity tries to be good at every identity (father, lawyer, spouse, etc) 3. Self Concept is not static, it expands as we age 4. Contextual basis – I am a different type of person in different situations 5. Some characteristics can be common for all context (“I am honest at all times”)
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