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Sense of Self & Functions of Self

Social psychologists contend that a human can organize his or her understanding of the self in multiple ways, including formation of the self-concept and the use of self-schemas, self-esteem, and self-efficacy. Such self distinctions are supported through research depicting three main self functions, including reflexive consciousness, or the ability to look upon oneself; interpersonal engagement, or the awareness of oneself as interacting with others; and executive function, or the self's role in taking control of daily functioning. Finally, there are at least three key motives for why the self functions as it does, including the need to learn more about oneself, the need to believe positively about oneself, and the need for consistency in self-knowledge. Explore the functions of self and the motives for self-functioning and consider the existence of possible or multiple selves and how the concept of self might relate to life.

Describe a recent EVENT of self-concept and the use of self-schemas, self-esteem, and self-efficacy.

Describe one of the three main functions of the self (ability to engage in reflexive consciousness, ability to interact with others, or ability to control daily functioning) that were evident in the event you selected and explain why.

Explain which of the three motives for self-functioning (need to learn, need to believe positively about yourself, or need to have consistent belief in yourself) may have motivated your actions in the event you selected and why.

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In this particular task, you are being asked to review Self-Concept. As always, I suggest making the solution on-point following a simple outline:

1. On Self & its function
2. Event of self concept (personal) using schema, efficacy
3. Reflexive Consciousness as reflected in the event
4. Need to Learn

This outline should be enough for what you need. Good luck!

AE 105878/Xenia Jones

On the Self

When we say 'me' we refer to 'our person' - the individual that your mind understands, attributes and recognizes you to be. The self is the object of one's reflective thinking, the source of, the reason behind, the subject of and the result of one's own consciousness. When we say 'I' or 'me' - we refer to our particular being, our unique personage. We are responsible for ourselves, our thoughts, our actions - the persona and nature of our individuality as known by our consciousness or as perceived by others is our 'self'. It functions therefore to get the 'I' to know the 'me' so that the person comes to know who he or she is, to situate the self, to manage the self and to function in society. In self, 'I' pertains to the subjective knower and 'me' is the object that is known. Human experience creates the 'me' the 'I' comes to know (i.e. I have come to know myself/me to be a persistent student through my experience over the years). The self is an important concept to come to know as it is essential in coming to understand ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task (see above) of putting together a paper that discusses the topic of self-concept in relation to the functions of self, self-schemas, self-esteem, self-efficacy and self-functioning. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.