Perception of Self

Perception of self is how individuals view themselves, their attitudes, and their behaviors, based on their reaction to the environment and stimuli around them. It is developed when people observe their own behaviors and draw conclusions about what caused them to behave in that way. It is a unique interpretation about oneself that is based on one’s experience. Self-perception theory, ­proposed by Daryl J. Bem, posits that individuals come to know their attitudes and emotions through observations of their own behaviors. That is, behaviors cause the change in cognition. For example, after providing care to a sick or elderly person, caring and empathetic feelings will develop that were not present before the activity. Realizing this trait in oneself may prompt one to seek out additional ...

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