Mizzou PSYCH 2310 - The self (5 pages)

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8 questions to ponder about what is the self


Lecture number:
4
Pages:
5
Type:
Lecture Note
School:
University of Missouri
Course:
Psych 2310 - Social Psychology
Edition:
1

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PSYCH 2310 1st Edition Lecture 4 Outline of Last Lecture I Perceptions expectations and judgments II III Perception Social Judgments Outline of Current Lecture I What is the psychological self II If the self is a knowledge structure where does the knowledge come from III What do we do with our self knowledge IV Is our knowledge about ourselves accurate or not V If self knowledge is biased which way is it biased VI Are self serving biases useful or adaptive VII How should we feel about our self concepts VIII Does it matter how we present ourselves Current Lecture I What is the psychological self a The mental I that we feel ourselves to be b The voice in our head i The homunculus problem We imagine there is a little man inside of our heads controlling us Who is controlling the little man c Then is the self a delusion that doesn t really exist These notes represent a detailed interpretation of the professor s lecture GradeBuddy is best used as a supplement to your own notes not as a substitute i Behaviorism post modernism and determinism say there isn t a self and free will is an illusion d Basic assumption of most social psychologists is that the self is a knowledge structure residing within somatic memory e The self concept starts developing very young i Mirror test 15 month old children have mental images of how they should look They recognize in a mirror when something is wrong with their appearance II If the self is a knowledge structure where does the knowledge come from a Looking glass self We learn to see ourselves by internalizing how others see us b Self reference effect We are very sensitive to self relevant information i Ex At a party even if we are in another conversation we may hear another conversation if it mentions our name c Social comparison We understand ourselves by comparing ourselves to others i Upward social comparison Compare ourselves to people who are better than us ii Downward social comparison We compare ourselves to people who are not as



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