Formal Definitions of Self-concept
(This is the fifth post in continuation of the previous posts on the topic "self-concept. So, please read the first four posts in sequence prior to reading this post).
There are several connotations to the word or phrase “self-concept” that we introduced in the earlier posts. Many of these definitions are given below:
- It is perceived personality or an aspect of the personality of the self.
- It indicates the complete personality of the self.
- It is one’s own identity. So, self-concept can be called also as self identity.
- It can be defined as conscious understanding of the self.
- If the typical question “who am I” can be correctly and completely answered, the answer in itself is self concept.
- Self-concept is the search of the truth about the self.
- Without going into in-depth technical debate or technical dissection, self-concept also can be termed as self image.
- Again, without going into in-depth technical debate or technical dissection, self-concept also can be termed as self-schema. Self-schema is the storage of information about the self, the way one thinks and behaves.
- Self-concept is normally an outcome of the self-assessments or introspection or observations.