Self concept may reflect a person’s personal, relational, or collective identity (Sedikides & Brewer, 2010).
The self aspects belonging to the Personal and Relational self concepts are discussed below.
To break these down simply, your self image is how you see yourself, your self esteem is how much you value yourself and your ideal self is the vision you have for yourself, in other words how you wish you could be.
Taking all of these into account, your own self concept is formed.
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It was devised in 1954 by Manfred Kuhn & Thomas Mc Partland with the goal of helping to identify assumptions and attitudes people had about themselves. Using the following format, fill in at least five lines (or twenty if you’re up for it) – be honest, and let’s see what you come up with!
Although everyone has their own self-concept, it’s possible to identify some common characteristics from the responses given.
Particularly those who as children are brought up with the idea that they have to earn affection from their parents are susceptible to this.
When parents only express love when certain conditions are met, children begin to associate memories which make them feel unloved with not being good enough, and this problem can often carry on into adulthood.