A Self-Concept is an understanding you have of yourself that’s based on your personal experiences, body image, the thoughts you have about yourself, and how you tend to label yourself in different situations.
A self-concept can also be defined as an all encompassing awareness you had of yourself in the past; the awareness you have of yourself in the present; and the expectations you have of yourself at a future time.
Your self-concept is built upon perception — how you perceive yourself based on the knowledge you have gained over a lifetime of experience. This perception you have of yourself is based on the information you have gathered about your values, life roles, goals, skills, abilities and much more.
Your self-concept is more or less a collection of beliefs you have about your own nature, qualities and behavior. It’s all about how you think and evaluate yourself at any given moment in time. It is a perception of your image, abilities, and in some ways a perception of your own individual uniqueness.
A self-concept is essentially made up of four components including self-image, self-ideal, self-worth and self-esteem.
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