We know that the interactions we have with others in our everyday lives have an impact on us but how much? Not surprisingly, these interactions have more impact than we thought. Self concept can be described as the image that we have of ourselves and is notably influenced by these interactions.
According to Humanist Psychologist, Carl Rogers, self concept consists of ideal self, self image and self esteem. The ideal self can be described as the person you want to be. Self-image is how you see yourself, including attributes such as physical characteristics, personality traits and social roles. Self-esteem refers to how much you like, accept or value yourself. It can be impacted by a number of factors including how others see you, how you think you compare to others and your role in society.
Carl Rogers also believed that it was an ongoing path to create a healthy self concept and was consistently shaped by an individual’s life experiences. He found that those with a sturdy and stable sense of self more often than not had a greater sense of confidence and were more likely to cope more effectively with everyday challenges. However, Rogers suggested that self concept is something that has been continually developed since childhood and is heavily influenced by their parents. Those children that were shown unconditional love and regard are more likely to form a healthy self concept. Therefore, those children who felt they had to “earn” their parents’ love and support were not able to form a healthy self concept which could lead to lower self esteem or feelings of unworthiness.
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