Self-Concept And Interpersonal Relationships

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Self-concept refers to one’s theory of own attitude, behaviour and thoughts which forms a sense of identity and defines the objective self (Epstein, 1973). Despite being a persistent core of one’s self-identity, the self-concept interacts with social interaction such as social comparison and evolves over time (McConnell, 2011). Besides forming one’s self-concept and self-esteem, social comparison also influences previously established self-concepts (Marsh et al., 2008). Furthermore, studies have place emphasize on self-concept and self-esteem, as these aspects have been found to affect interpersonal relationship and communication with others (Beebe, Beebe, & Redmond, 2014). To investigate my self-concept, this paper will begin by describing my self-concept followed by explanations of social comparisons in shaping self-concept and lastly describing how self-concept and self-esteem impact interpersonal relationships.
During childhood, I formed physical self-descriptions such as gender identity, identifying myself as a female and global self-concepts, identifying myself as a human being with increasing social interaction and the development of cognitive ability (Brown, Mangelsdorf, Nefff, Schoppe-Sullivan, & Frosch, 2009). In the process of biological and cognitive maturation as well as adaptation to new social roles, self-concept redefines from time to time, especially during adolescence (Sebastian, Burnett, & Blakemore, 2008). While retaining some self-concepts previously
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