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What Self-Concept in Human Being

Self-ConceptTerms like soul, self and spirit have occupied a prominent place in the discussions and writing of theologicians, philosophers and students of religion. Religions texts are full of discussions about the nature ‘self’ and ‘soul’.

The Upanishads deal extensively with the concept of self. But, in all these discussions the concept of self was mostly employed in a metaphysical sense and in the context of understanding the essential nature of man and his relationship with the ‘cosmic self’ or the ‘ultimate’ self. But even have some of the discussions, particularly in the Upanishadic texts looked at the self from a functional point of view.

The self was often described in such terms as ‘seer’, ‘doer’ hinting at some of the problems which have been analyzed and studied in relation to the self in contemporary psychology. Essentially, the self-concept is the overall image or awareness we have of ourselves. It includes all those perception of “I” and “me”, together with the feelings, beliefs and values associated with them. Self-concept is actually a cluster of selves, even though we habitually refer to it in the singular.

Ordinarily we take our self-concept for granted, as when we are engaged in an activity at work or play. At other time we are very much aware of ourselves, as when we are making an important decision or taking on a responsibility. We may become actually self conscious whenever we experience discrepancy between our self-image and the way we appear others. The Self concept exerts a powerful influence, affecting the way we perceive, judge and behave. The self-concept provides personal identify or sense of who we are. “The self is arguably the largest and most accessible structure in the cognitive system. It encompass virtually every fact of ones experience…. and it is never more than a stranger’s glance from being activated”.

Our self-concept reassures us that we are basically the some person we were yesterday. Our self-image more real to us than our bodies, it governs the way we experience our bodies. Our sense of identify is so important to us that we resist anyone or anything that threatens.

Even the fear of suffering or of the unknown so much as it is the deep fear that our personal identify will b e dissolved which is inconceivable to us. Self-concept suggest just this, that we actively manage our self-concept such that we try to maintain a positive view of ourselves psychologists would contend that most people adopt a self-serving attributional bias. Attribution is the process of attributing or ascribing the cause of some event. We can make internal attributions to the environment. With regard to ourselves, we commonly choose self serving attributions. Self-serving attributions are those that glorify the self or conceive of the self a causing the good outcomes that came our way.
Published by IzajAhmed Shaikh.
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I am, Mr. IzajAhmed Shaikh, a Computer Professional and a Pro. Blogger, who belongs to Shahabad, Karnataka India. My basic Qualifications are B.Sc., and M.C.M. done from University of Pune., formerly known as, Poona University,. I like to write articles based on my personal experiences.

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