July 14, 2003
Know thyself; it sounds clichÃÂ©. However, it is the first step, in my opinion, to understanding the importance and impact of our self-concept. The self-perception table was somewhat advantageous in helping me understand how I view myself. On the other hand, nine steps are not enough to justifiable spread out 32 characteristics of a person who is as emotionally mature and complex as I am.
The self-perception chart was helpful to the point where I could separate what I believe to be my behavior patterns on lines one, two and three, being my most likely behaviors and seven, eight and nine, being the least likely. This helped me separate likely behaviors such as growing wiser over time and willing to stand up for beliefs from less likely behavior such as putting up a false front and avoiding things.
Those areas were black and white.
The three numbers in-between, four, five, and six were gray and the characteristics seemed to run over. On line four, I placed the characteristic tense and on the next line over, number five, I placed tolerant. On the fifth line I put confused, but on the sixth line I put expresses ideas clearly. In addition, on four, five, and six I placed liberal, talk too much and shy, respectively. Have such different behaviors so close confused me and that's how I concluded that there was not enough space.
I am a very self-conscience person. After stating that, I have a theory that the first part of my self-perception chart did not have a great deal of reflected appraisal. Since my environment is always changing I try extra hard to "keep it real" or stay the same. I would not say that I project a...