Jeanette's Self Discrepancy Theory

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The two women in this week’s media clearly represented two very different manifestations of self esteem ranging from their very demeanor, the manner in which they conducted themselves and, most of all, the answers they presented in response to their evaluation. While Kathy, with her pleasant and respectful demeanor and optimistic outlook exhibited positive self esteem, Jeanette, with her defensive stance and annoyed response to criticism all underscored with a less than subtle quest for validation, displayed a clearly narcissistic personality. For this week’s assignment, I shall analyze Jeanette’s behavior. If expected to give a thorough analysis, I would have to begin with Jeanette’s overall demeanor; the defensive manner in which she was…show more content…
The theory states that all individuals have certain internalized standards, known as ‘self-guides’, to which they compare themselves. These different representations of the self can sometimes be contradictory to one another, which results in considerable discomfort to the individual. Self discrepancy is the gap between these perceived representations which, the theory states, the individual will endeavor to lessen over time. These discrepancies create primarily two different kinds of negative physiological situations- an absence of positive outcomes (which may be compared with dejection related emotion) and a presence of negative outcomes (which may be compared with emotions emanating from agitation). These discrepancies arise primarily from the interplay between the Own (Actual self concept, Ideal self concept and Ought self concept) and the Other (Actual self concept, Ideal self concept and Ought self…show more content…
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