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Technology and the Self-Concept. Branden Ogata 27 April 2009 English 200. Self-Concept. Also known as “self-knowledge” Divided into three parts: Self-Awareness Self-Esteem Self-Deception Phenomenal Self / Working Self-Concept Self-Concept at a given point in time. Self-Awareness.

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Technology and the Self-Concept

Branden Ogata

27 April 2009

English 200


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Self-Concept

  • Also known as “self-knowledge”

  • Divided into three parts:

    • Self-Awareness

    • Self-Esteem

    • Self-Deception

  • Phenomenal Self / Working Self-Concept

    • Self-Concept at a given point in time


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Self-Awareness

  • “Attention directed toward the self” (Baumeister 75)

  • Public/Private

  • Allows individual to compare self to social standards


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Self-Esteem

  • “how favorably someone evaluates himself or herself” (Baumeister 95)

  • High self-esteem -> positive self-concept

  • Low self-esteem -> lack of positive self-concept

  • Not necessarily any tangible differences

  • Excess of self-esteem == narcissism


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Self-Deception Techniques

  • “help [people] believe things that are false” (Baumeister 98)

  • Self-Serving Bias

  • Positive Illusions

    • Overestimate good qualities of self

    • Overestimate control over situation

    • Overoptimistic views


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Obtaining Self-Knowledge

  • Looking-Glass Self/Generalized Other

  • Introspection

  • Social Comparison

  • Self-Perception Theory


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Looking-Glass Self and Generalized Other

  • “People learn about themselves from others” (Baumeister 80)

  • “Other people tell [an individual] who and what [he or she] is” (Baumeister 80)

  • Assumptions:

    • Individual is willing to accept negative criticism

    • Critics willing to give honest opinion of individual


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Introspection

  • “People simply have direct knowledge of what they are like” (Baumeister 81)

  • Individual knows himself or herself best

  • Does not account for self-deception strategies discussed above


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Social Comparison

  • “Examining the differences between oneself and another person” (Baumeister 82)

  • Upward Social Comparison

    • Either inspiring or discouraging

  • Downward Social Comparison

    • Tends to create positive feelings


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Self-Perception Theory

  • “People observe their own behavior to infer what they are thinking and how they are feeling” (Baumeister 83)

  • Extrinsic Motivation > Intrinsic Motivation




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Members of the Superior Species?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHXBL6bzAR4


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