WHAT IS THE SELF-CONCEPT IN MENTAL HEALTH?

ACCREDITED SENIOR PSYCHOTHERAPIST/COUNSELLOR -Dr.Fawzy Masaoud-LONDON, ENGLAND

This is how we define
ourselves. From our infancy and over
time, we develop self-schemas. These
schemas may be positive or negative and may also contain elements of what we could become.
Our schemas tend to be self-perpetuating and resilient due to the fact
that we only tend to pay heed to information that conforms to these schemas.
However, they can be affected by changes in levels of self-esteem.

There are a number of components of self-schemas:

Reflected appraisal -This refers to information we receive about how
others perceive us, judge us and behave towards us. Childhood experiences play a crucial role.

Social comparison -We compare ourselves to others from an early age, and
throughout our lives.

Self-perception -These are beliefs about us based on how we see
ourselves.

Self-efficacy -This refers to belief in our ability to affect desired outcomes.  It reflects our sense of control and is…

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