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Identity list. Number the lines on a sheet of paper from 1-15. On each line, complete the statement “I am…” with whatever aspects of yourself comes to mind. Answer as if you were talking to yourself, not to somebody else. Write the answers in the order they occur to you.

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identity list
Identity list
  • Number the lines on a sheet of paper from 1-15. On each line, complete the statement “I am…” with whatever aspects of yourself comes to mind. Answer as if you were talking to yourself, not to somebody else. Write the answers in the order they occur to you.
  • No one is going to see this list but you, so be honest about what comes to your mind.
self concept
Self concept:
  • Knowledge about who we are
  • Beliefs and feelings about ourselves
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Status – position we occupy
  • Assigned: given at birth
  • Achieved: attained through individual effort
  • Look again at your identity list:
  • Place a 1 after an assigned status
  • Place a 2 after an ascribed status
slide4
Sociological Psychological
  • Role Dispositional
  • Collectivistic Individualistic
slide5
Collectivistic – descriptions that refer to the self in relation to others:
  • Roles (student, boyfriend)
  • Membership in groups (Smith family member, UWM student)
  • Social identities based on ethnicity, race, sex
slide6
Individualistic – qualities that apply to you personally.
  • Self assured
  • Believe in free enterprise
  • Bad singer
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Read each of your statements and classify them into either a collective or an individualist quality category.
  • C = collectivistic
  • I = individualistic
did you tend to list individualistic qualities earlier in the list than collectivistic ones
Did you tend to list individualistic qualities earlier in the list than collectivistic ones?
  • Yes
  • No
which qualities are more central to your identity
Which qualities are more central to your identity?
  • Collective components
  • Individualistic components
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Would you expect people in western cultures to identify self concept more in terms of ascribed or achieved statuses?
  • Ascribed
  • Achieved
trait adjectives
Trait adjectives
  • aggressive intelligent
  • friendly superstitious
  • quiet sentimental
  • bold athletic
  • persistent trusting
  • sensitive energetic
  • romantic shy
self reference effect
Self reference effect:
  • We can process info relevant to ourselves better than other types of info
  • We spend more time thinking about words/events if they are relevant to ourselves
one of my identities is teacher which of the following concepts applies to that identity
One of my identities is “teacher.” Which of the following concepts applies to that identity?
  • Psychological identity
  • Dispositional identity
  • Individualist identity
  • Collectivistic identity
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When I asked you to recall the names I mentioned at the beginning of class I was demonstrating which of the following?
  • Self-concept
  • Self efficacy
  • Self reference effect
  • Self esteem
self esteem
Self esteem:
  • the way we evaluate our self identities
how do we assess ourselves
How do we assess ourselves?
  • 1. Evaluate our good qualities vs our bad qualities.
  • 2. Evaluate ourselves by comparing our self concepts with our concepts of our ideal selves.
  • 3. Evaluate ourselves in comparison with a reference group.
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Downward social comparison: comparing yourself to someone worse off than you (may increase self esteem)
  • Upward social comparison: comparing yourself to someone who is better off than you
  • (may lower self esteem)
roots of self esteem
Roots of self-esteem
  • Direct experiences of competence/self efficacy
    • Evaluation of ability to perform a task or reach a goal
  • Social feedback
    • Especially the appraisals from significant others.