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Development of self-concept

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

Self-concept, understood as a multifaceted cognitive structure supporting the way in which one perceives oneself, is an integral feature to constructing one's identity. Although providing a sharp conceptual definition is difficult due to its interdisciplinary usage, the term self-concept typically refers to a conscious appraisal or perception of one's self either under a global, unified identity or within various content areas such as vocational, social, physical, moral, and spiritual being. It has been popularized in such disciplines ...

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