They are heavily influenced by the social forces that surround us.We have alluded to some of these forces already; for example, in our review of self-verification theory, we saw how feedback from others can affect our self-concept and esteem. These questions can be answered only by looking at those around us.
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As with the women’s study, the men’s self-evaluations matched those they perceived that the people they were asked to visualize would have made, particularly when they were more self-aware.
At least some of the time, then, we end up evaluating ourselves as we imagine others would. Over time, the people around us may come to accept the self-concept that we present to others (Yeung & Martin, 2003). Self-presentational responses to success in the organization: The costs and benefits of modesty.
Labels used in relation to diagnosis of psychological disorders can be detrimental to people whom then internalize them.
For example, Moses (2009) found that adolescents who self-labeled according to diagnoses they had received were found to have higher levels of self-stigma in their self-concepts compared with those who described their challenges in non-pathological terms. Human mobility and the interplay of traits, self-disclosure, and Facebook check-ins.
If we are repeatedly labeled and evaluated by others, then self-labeling may occur, which happens . Culture and social comparison seeking: The role of self-motives.