The Importance of Self Concept to Personal Communication

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The Importance of Self Concept to Personal Communication The observation of yourself as an individual is called self-concept. Self-concept also embraces how well you know yourself through the medium of thoughts, feelings and emotions. ==================================================================== Perception plays a key role in the making of self-concept. How you perceive yourself and how you think others perceive you, shape your self concept. This means that if you have difficulty with perception your self concept is likely to be distorted. For example, someone that thinks everyone loves them and agrees with every idea of theirs may have trouble with their own perception of what people really think of them. Because it is very likely that not everyone does agree with them and love them. The way you feel about yourself or view yourself reflects foremost in how you behave and the characteristics you possess. Therefore self-concept strongly influences personality. If you feel that you are a quiet person you will end up being a quiet person, this is a classic example of the "Self Fulfilling Prophecy". This is the concept that how you think you behave will lead to the expectation that you should behave like that and therefore you will fulfil that expectation. An example of this prophecy is when a child is predicted to behave badly in a certain social situation by his or her parents'. If somehow this prediction is communicated to the child, he or she will 'play' up to the prediction and the expectations of the parents will be fulfilled. Consequently the self fulfilling prophecy occurs when a prediction is fulfilled. We ... ... middle of paper ... ... perceive, whether good or bad will condition how you view yourself (self-concept). In turn this will help or hinder personal communication depending on how your self-concept has been shaped. On the whole, Self-concept is made up of 8 intertwined main factors and many more than relate and link in. These are Perception, Personality, Role, Communication Skills, Empathy, Thinking, Motivation and Socialisation. When any of these factors change or disappear, self-concept is affected. When self-concept is affected it changes the way we describe and view ourselves. If we view ourselves badly then personal communication will suffer and if we feel good about ourselves then we will be more outgoing and confident and more successful communication will take place. So Self-concept is very important to personal communication.

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