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Explain How an Individual Develops a Self-Concept

- Define the concept of the self.
- Explain how an individual develops a self-concept.
- Explain the relationship between the self and emotion and how this relationship affects an individual's self-esteem.
- Explain the relationship between the self and behavior and how this relationship affects an individual's self-presentation.

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- Define the concept of the self.

Several theories have been advanced in the literature to contribute to the concept of the self. The concept of self is focused on an identity in how one describes oneself that includes his or her values, goals, traits, interests, and motivations (Friedman & Schustack, 2006). The concept focuses on what it means to be a person. For example, in personality persons are driven by ego forces to provide a sense of identity or self. Carl Rogers (1951) provided concepts of the self as the uniqueness of human potential. Rogers' person-centered approach to personality emphasized the subjective nature that was later understood as self-concept

- Explain how an individual develops a self-concept

Self-concept is how individuals view or describe themselves, and includes perceptions of abilities, personality characteristics and behaviors. Basically, self-concept is a collection of beliefs about one's nature. Self-concept is developed throughout childhood and adolescence. In his concept of the self, Rogers (1951) stressed that self-concept may not be consistent with experiences. He asserted that there may be"incongruence" between self-concept and reality. According to Rogers, if a person's self-concept is accurate is congruent with reality. Rogers emphasized self-concept based on the ...

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This solution examines theories on the concept of the self and discusses how self-concept is developed in order to start the student off thinking about their assignment. This solution is 650 words and includes five APA references to help the student start on further research.

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