Self-Concept in the book “Looking Out, Looking In” is defined as the set of perceptions each individual holds for him or herself. This isn’t just how you view yourself physically, but also emotional state, talents, like, dislikes, values, morals, and so on. Self-concept also has to do with self-esteem and self-worth. The things you do and the things you say, generally relate to self-concept, which is why self-concept and interpersonal communication have such an important relationship. When you think of Self-concept, you should think of the question “who am I?” Self-concept is the image you have of who you are as a person. One's self-concept is a collection of beliefs about themselves that includes elements such as academic performance, gender roles and sexuality, racial identity, and others. A person’s self-concept affects their past, present, and future selves. For example, a 20 year old entering college thinks to himself “College is going to be a disaster because in high school, I didn’t have any friends” In the past, since the person didn’t have any friends, their self-concept leads them to believe that in college they will not have any friends either. Last week in my ICOR journal, I recorded a conversation I had with my district manager of Loss Prevention at my work. It was a phone conversation in which he called me and told me that our store was the #1 store in the district, in regards to productivity. But he didn’t stop there. On the phone he continued to tell me how productive I am personally, and that I had the #2 most theft stops in the region, and the reason my store is #1 was directly because of me. Instantly I felt a sense of self-worth and pride in my job. I choose this journal entry to write about because I think it directly relates to Self-Concept. Due to the fact that my district manager recognized, and felt it necessary to call and tell me personally how good I have been doing at my job, it really changed the way I saw myself....
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