Self Concept Theory

India Tisdale

Mr. Agerston


18 May 2015


              My identity, as well as my values and relationships, have truly changed this year. Freshman year, I felt very insignificant at Early College, and I had trouble expressing my opinions at the risk of offending or losing the friendship of others. I saw myself as small, which in actuality I had the ability to impact many people. This vision of myself can be contributed to the Self-Concept Theory, which is when one sees his or herself in a too negative or positive light. This past year, I have grown to realize that my opinions and values are important, and I should be willing to share them with anyone. For example, I have always kept the fact that I am an atheist to myself. I wanted to “fit in” with other kids in middle school, and I was continually scared of my friends not accepting my beliefs. This year has been the first year where I do not hesitate to state that I do not have a religion. I have come to the conclusion that if people that are not religious do not let their voices be heard, then those that are religious extremists will continue to persecute them.

            My relationships have also changed from freshman to sophomore year. Freshman year, and throughout much of sophomore year, I thought that having a boyfriend would be wonderful. I realized that I only thought this because everyone around me feels pressured to date, and this connects directly to the Self-Concept Theory. In order to think well of myself, I had to act like everyone else. However, two months ago, I was confronted with a situation that rather shocked me because I became aware that I had so many people in my life that were not worthy of me. While some might think this sounds conceited, I seriously disagree. Realizing that there are some people who are good for you and some that are bad is not a sign of conceitedness, but a sign of maturity and self-love. Recently, I have dropped a few acquaintances because I understand now that I do not have to accept being treated wrongly by someone just to conform to social norms. While this process has been hard, I have never been happier with my friends and with myself.

By: India Tisdale

Self-Concept Theory is the theory that we all have an image of what we are like in our heads. It is seen all around us in everyday life because everyone perceives themselves in a certain way. We see this in literature whenever we read a book from a first person point of view. The narrator is never reliable because of the self-concept theory, which states that a person has a different idea of how they act or what they look like than to someone else. The Self-Concept Theory can also be applied to many films. A recurring theme throughout young adult films is the main character, usually a girl, sees herself in a negative light. However, the viewer can see that the main character is, in actuality, quite amazing. By the end of the movie, the main character has grown self confidence, and sees his or herself in a much more positive way. There are also books and films that feature a character who has a large ego. This character usually faces a “reality-check” by the end of the book or film.

Works Cited

Attitude Change: It Isn’t For The Faint-Hearted. Digital Image. Vesnaksaric. Web.

Self Concept and Self Esteem. Video Image. Youtube. Web.

Self Concept. Digital Image. Mr. Malbon. Web.

Self Esteem. Digital Image. Psychology of Personality. Web.

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