ERIC Number: ED150525
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
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Speculations on Self Concept in Adolescents as Consistency Rules.
Norem-Hebeisen, Ardyth A.
Self-concept must be viewed from the broader context of total organismic functioning. The human organism, functions in ways which support its own survival, maintenance, and growth. As one aspect of the total organismic functioning, self concept also may be thought of as being formed by processes which serve to support survival, maintenance, and growth. In the development of self concept, perceptions are sought and assimilated which (1) are consistent with past data; (2) appear to be congruent with environmental input; (3) support safety, exploration, and achievement of additional faculties; and (4) minimize apparently fruitless, frustrating, or disappointing interactions. In other words, they are selected to maximize the functioning of the individual within a complex matrix of external and internal variables. Given a sequence of interaction between the individual and the environment over time, self-concept will prgress developmentally toward increasing complexity and adequacy. As an integral part of the total human system, therefore, conceptions about self will follow principles of consistency, enhancement of organismic well-being, and increased cognitive complexity. (Author)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (San Francisco, California, August 26-30, 1977)