Positive Self Concept

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Introduction Human beings are social animals. It is innate in us to form relationships for survival and dependency. Our lives begin dependent for survival on the quality of relationship with our primary caregiver, usually with our mothers. Having a healthy social life and positive relationship will boost our physical and mental health and gives us a sense of belonging. If we lived in isolation, we may end up feeling sad and empty. Self-concept refers to how we perceive, evaluate and think about ourselves. It is a mental image of who we are as a person and how we see ourselves in relation to others and to our surroundings. Charles Horton Cooley stated that during the process of socialisation we form our self-image from the reflections of the…show more content…
A person with low self-esteem may avoid challenges in life and will be defensive and guarded with other people. If we have a positive self-concept, we tend to be more positive and feel good about who we are. If we have a negative or poor self-concept, we may think in a negative way and feel unhappy with who we are. Rogers (1959) believed in human potential and suggested that people will continue to strive and develop their personal capabilities until they reached their state of “ideal self” which he called “the fully-functioning person”. Self-image is how you perceive yourself. This may be how you see yourself physically and the mental image of who and what you are. Self-image can be positive or negative. However, how you see yourself may be different from what others see in you. When the self-image is positive, you accept and appreciate your body. When the self-image is negative, the person tends to focus on their weaknesses and faults. Self-image is essential to how we think about ourselves which will affect how we feel about ourselves and subsequently how we interact with others around…show more content…
Besides gender, no other information were asked to ensure complete anonymity. Social Interaction Anxiety Scale (SPIN) was used. There are 20-items questions where participants rate their experience in various social settings. I have used Survey Monkey to compile the research questionnaires results. Experiences are rated on a 5-point scale from 0 (not at all characteristic of me) to 4 (extremely characteristic of me). A total score of 60 is possible with cut-offs at 34 or more indicative of social phobia and 43 or more indicative of social anxiety. Questions 5, 9, and 11 scoring is reversed (a 0 = 4, a 1 = 3) to assess for response
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