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The Self in the Social World

Define the concept of "the self," including self-concept, self-esteem, and self-efficacy. Discuss how the self relates to the social world. Apply the concepts of the self to your own life, including how specific experiences how impacted your own personal development.

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Hello! Thanks for your question about the self in the social world. Here are some things to think about that I hope will help.

First, let's discuss some terms used in this question:

"Self-concept" is the collection of beliefs you hold about yourself. Your self-concept may include traits, characteristics, abilities, responsibilities, activities, values, and anything else that you believe is important to who you are. Self-concept is a fairly stable construct, and is similar to the term "identity."

"Self-esteem" is an evaluation of how "good" you feel about yourself in various areas. Culture plays a key role in determining what self-esteem is based upon. In Western cultures, self-esteem is often based on things such as physical appearance, job performance, sport performance, social standing, financial success, educational accomplishments, and ...

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This solution discusses the differences between various components of the self, including self-concept, self-esteem, and self-efficacy, and discusses how the social world affects our understanding of the self. Suggestions of how to apply these concepts to personal experiences are provided.