The self-concept has been addressed by almost all sane minds throughout the history of mankind and the recognition of self has been defined as the trait which distinguishes between the biological beings and the human beings. Terms like ego, superego, and conscience are all attached to self and have been discussed by the psychologists in detail and the same studies are used to understand the manifold person of a man. Man has been the biggest secret of the universe since the time immemorial and has been the integral part of many fields of study. Self is still an unexplored territory in most of its part. Now THYSELF has been a watch word of many philosophers since the Greek times when sages were trying to educate men. The maxim, or aphorism, “know thyself” has had a variety of meanings attributed to it in literature. Acquainting a person with his self is so required because when you judge your capacities you can adopt and decide which ways are for you to travel as all ways are not for you. Robert Frost in famous poem “The Road not Taken” says:
Three Personality Affecting Elements of Self-Concept
Personality is a theme of man’s life style. Personality of a person represents his thinking, feeling, acting and everything that happens to him. There are many ways to measure personality of any individual. Psychologists mostly focus on personality traits like extroversion, conscientiousness, openness, agree-ability and neuroticism. Three parts of Self-concept thus affect and design our personality.
Self-idealization is a common phenomenon of human nature, i.e. to idealize someone. It determines whatever happens to us in everyday life. It is made up of all of our dreams, visions, hopes and ideals in our lives. It is composed of the characteristics we most admire in others and we want to become like them. By making someone ideal, change the behaviors and shape the personality with the passage of time. Those who have their self-ideals to be like them, achieve great things in their lives. They are very clear about their visions and beliefs. They set standards for their lives and strive hard to achieve their desired goals.
Self-image is the second of our self-concept. Self-Image is the idea, conception, or mental image one has of one’s self. It is respect or favorable image of one’s self. Self-image is how you perceive yourself. It is a number of self-impressions that have built up over time. Self-image is actually the way we see or think about ourselves. It influences our emotions, behaviors, the way people treat us. So, the improvement in self-image is very dire to develop our personality. A negative self-image about ourselves can make us worry not only about our look but also about how well we are going to perform in our day to day activities.
Self-esteem is the third part of our self-concept which defines how much you like yourself. It is a feeling of satisfaction that someone has in himself or herself and his or her own abilities. Self-esteem actually determines how much you give value to yourself. The more you like yourself the more motivated you will be to accomplish your visions, dreams and goals. The higher your self-esteem the higher will be your confidence and keenness.