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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

Technology and the Self-Concept

Branden Ogata

27 April 2009

English 200

self concept
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
Self-Awareness
  • “Attention directed toward the self” (Baumeister 75)
  • Public/Private
  • Allows individual to compare self to social standards
self esteem
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
self deception techniques
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
obtaining self knowledge
Obtaining Self-Knowledge
  • Looking-Glass Self/Generalized Other
  • Introspection
  • Social Comparison
  • Self-Perception Theory
looking glass self and generalized other
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
introspection
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
social comparison
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
self perception theory
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
members of the superior species
Members of the Superior Species?

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