Interpersonal Communications Discussion Board Post

How People Conceptualize the “Self”

Identify a particular other who is or was important to you in the workplace or in a personal context. Describe the direct definitions this person has offered you and how that has impacted your self-concept.

To answer this question, we must first have an understanding of direct definitions:

“Direct definition is communication that tells us explicitly who we are by directly labeling us and our behaviors. Family members, as well as peers, teachers, and other individuals, define us by telling us who we are or are expected to be. Positive direct definitions enhance our self-esteem: ‘You’re smart,’ ‘You’re strong’, ‘You’re great at soccer.” Negative direct definitions can damage children’s self-esteem (Brooks & Goldstein, 2001): “You’re a troublemaker,” etc.” (p. 41).

For this question, think about how significant people in your life defined you over the years. How did these definitions affect you and your self-concept?

Note: Avoid just explaining that a person has helped you or encouraged you. Don’t simply explain, for example, that your mom has been very supportive. Instead, think of words she (or other people) used to describe you and to “define” you. Did she say you were smart? Hard working? Kind? How did these words affect you?
On the other hand, you may have heard negative comments. Were you called lazy? Did you hear that you were not good in a school subject or that you would never make it in college? If so, these are definitions as well. How did they affect you?

APA Format and must pass a plagiarizer checker. 200-250 words.

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