Learning Objectives

  1. Define self-concept, distinguishing it from the self, and noting its effect on your communication presence and relationships
  2. Define self-esteem, distinguishing high self-esteem from low self-esteem and discussing the effects of each on performance
  3. Explain reflected appraisal theory, social comparison theory, and confirmation, rejection, and disconfirmation, using them to discuss the role you and others play in shaping the self-concept
  4. Define self-fulfilling prophecy and distinguish between a positive and negative Pygmalion
  5. Explain the importance of periodically reexamining and revising your self-concept
  6. Explain the influence that cultural diversity and gender have on the self
  7. Describe how media and technology affect self-conceptions
  8. Identify how you can change and strengthen your self-concept