What Is a Personal Reflection?

What Is a Personal Reflection?

  • Submitted By: jillynute
  • Date Submitted: 11/02/2009 12:39 PM
  • Category: Psychology
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In this paper, I will do a personal reflection on “the self”. I will include a definition of “the self” in the social world and apply the concepts of “the self” to my own life, including self-concept, self-esteem and self-efficacy. Lastly, I will describe two social experiences or events that have impacted my life.
“The English expression “self” is a modest one; in its normal use, it is not even quite a word, but something that makes an ordinary object pronoun into a reflexive one: “her” into “herself,” “him” into “himself” and “it” into “itself”. The reflexive pronoun is used when the object of an action or attitude is the same as the subject of that action or attitude”(Perry, 1995).The expression “the self”in psychology, it is repeatedly used for the set of characteristics that one connects to herself or himself, the characteristics or attributes that the individual finds hard or unattainable to picture herself or himself without.
Before I go into applying the concept of ‘the self’ to my own life, I would like to explain the meaning of a few words. Self-concept is what a person understands about himself or herself. It includes your social nature or capabilities, your outer shell and your thoughts. Your self-concept can alter since you see and comprehend things in a different way depending on your beliefs, attitude and feelings. Self-awareness is a joint route as your beliefs and feelings have an effect on your self-concept and the reverse is also true as well. Your self concept is your understanding of fixed personality you have:
I am a social person, I like to meet new people, and however I am shy until I get to know you but then watch out! Most people who know me would say I have a great sense of humor. I love to make people laugh and the more I can make them laugh the better. In a group of people, I can at times take on the smart butt persona. I can have a come back for just about anything. This is were some say I lack that filter from the brain to the...

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