Feb. 4 The Self in the Social World

Feb. 4 The Self in the Social World - Feb. 4, 2008 The Self...

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The Self in the Social World 1. Sources of Self-concept 2. Self-control 3. Self-serving Biases 4. Self-Presentations Self-Concept vs. Self-Esteem Self-Concept : A person’s answer to the question, “Who am I?” Self-Esteem : A person’s overall self-evaluation or sense of self worth Self-Schemas Self-Schema : are beliefs about the self that organize the way we view ourselves and the world. o Mental templates. Ex. People who love cars, music o What is important to our sense of self shapes our focus (cars, music) Composition of Self-Schemas 1. Actual Self : The person you are right now (student) 2. Ideal Self : The self it is your goal to be 3. Ought Self : The self it is your duty to be; how you were raised 4. Feared Self : The self you fear becoming (dying alone, no money, etc.) *Self-Discrepancy Theory (Higgins 1989) Our self-views include how well our actual self matches our self-guides o Discrepancy: a mismatch between our actual self and a self-guide Result in emotional reactions. Self-Discrepancy Theory
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PSYCH 360 taught by Professor Butz during the Spring '08 term at UMass (Amherst).

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