Wednesday, December 16, 2009


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(This is my sixth post on "self-concept", in continuation of previous five posts on the subject. Please read the first five ones before reading this one).

Factors that May Constitute Self-concept

(You may benefit more by reading my blogs Effectiveness Management: HSoftware at and Human Software- HSoftware or my knol Management in Life, Profession, Family and Society: The Shyam Bhatawdekar Effectiveness Model: Human Software (HSoftware)", which are related to this post).

Description of any entity or any system completely can be done by describing many constituent elements of it in a number of different ways.

For example, imagine describing a car to someone. You will try to describe the car by describing many elements or factors of it in different ways. You will describe its physical appearance- its shape, size, style, color, seating capacity, number of doors etc. You may then go to describe its component systems or aggregates- engine, transmission, chassis, electrical/electronic system, safety devices etc. You may also describe the car by the type of its use and function- sedan, station wagon, sports etc. Thus, the more elements and more relevant elements of car you describe, the clearer becomes the concept of that car.

Human being is far more complex. To describe a human being more completely, the characteristics of a person, at least on the following factors must be found out and assessed. Determining self-concept of a person thus is not a very simple task because as you may see that the factors given below are quite loaded.

  • Physical attributes (height, weight, hair color, color of eyes, gender etc).
  • Values (fundamental beliefs).
  • Knowledge (intelligence quotient IQ, emotional quotient EQ and spiritual quotient SQ).
  • Paradigms (mindsets or thinking patterns on day-to-day’s numerous things).
  • Skills and competencies.
  • Internal motivation, will power and action orientation.
  • Social behavior with people from various spheres.
  • Habits.
  • Interests and hobbies.

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