Perceiving and Presenting


  1. Define self-concept and discuss how we develop our self-concept.
  2. Define self-esteem and discuss how we develop self-esteem.
  3. Explain how social comparison theory and self-discrepancy theory influence self-perception.
  4. Discuss how social norms, family, culture, and media influence self-perception.
  5. Define self-presentation and discuss common self-presentation strategies.


Just as our perception of others affects how we communicate, so does our perception of ourselves. But what influences our self-perception? How much of our self is a product of our own making and how much of it is constructed based on how others react to us? How do we present ourselves to others in ways that maintain our sense of self or challenge how others see us? We will begin to answer these questions in this section as we explore self-concept, self-esteem, and self-presentation.

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