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Self-Consciousness

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

Self-consciousness is a personality trait that involves a heightened sense of self-awareness about personal behavior, appearance, or other attributes of the self. An unpleasant feeling of self-consciousness occurs when one envisions being watched or observed by others, resulting in an overconcern about the impression one is making on others. People tend to differ in the degree to which they are consciously thinking about themselves. Some individuals are more self-conscious than are others and are characterized as high ...

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