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ERIC Number: ED138497
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Sep
Pages: 29
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Beyond Self-Esteem: Some Neglected Aspects of the Self-Concept.
Rosenberg, Morris
The purpose of this paper is to call attention to certain important aspects of self-concept which have been largely neglected in behavioral science research literature. Self-concept is defined as the totality of the individual's thoughts and feelings with reference to himself as an object. Three broad areas of self-concept are discussed. The first area, the extant self-concept, includes the content of the self, the relationship among the parts, the ways of describing the parts and the whole and the boundaries of the object, or the ego-extensions. Previous self-concept research on these structures indicates a general neglect of ordering self-concept traits in hierarchical order. The second aspect of self-concept is the desired self. Meaningful aspects of self-concept largely neglected in research in the area of the desired self include individual acceptance or nonacceptance of a personal characteristic, the dimensions of self-consciousness, self-confidence, and self-values. The third section discusses the social or presenting self. It purports that the tendency of most research is to confuse the presenting self with the extant self-concept. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (New York, New York, August 30-September 3, 1976)