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Evaluate the importance of Self Concept to personal communication.

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Evaluate the importance of Self Concept to personal communication The observation of yourself as an individual is called self-concept. Self-concept also embraces how well you know yourself through the medium of thoughts, feelings and emotions. Perception plays a key role in the making of self-concept. How you perceive yourself and how you think others perceive you, shape your self concept. This means that if you have difficulty with perception your self concept is likely to be distorted. For example, someone that thinks everyone loves them and agrees with every idea of theirs may have trouble with their own perception of what people really think of them. Because it is very likely that not everyone does agree with them and love them. The way you feel about yourself or view yourself reflects foremost in how you behave and the characteristics you possess. Therefore self-concept strongly influences personality. If you feel that you are a quiet person you will end up being a quiet person, this is a classic example of the "Self Fulfilling Prophecy". This is the concept that how you think you behave will lead to the expectation that you should behave like that and therefore you will fulfil that expectation. ...read more.

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All because of Self-concept. Hence, self-concept has an immense power upon personal communication. This communication isn't just made up of talking to other people and responding. It affects all three areas of the subject. * Intrapersonal * Interpersonal * Group Intrapersonal communication is affected by self-concept through the medium of thinking. If your self-concept is poor then your thoughts, feelings and emotion towards yourself will all lead to low self-esteem as you will not think highly of yourself. Thinking plays possibly the most important part of self-concept and communication as a whole. This is because all communication (Intra, Inter and group) uses thought processes. Thinking is made up of dreaming, recollecting, imagining, planning and understanding. When forming a self-concept, you use thinking while interacting and perceiving yourself and how others see you. This means that if thought was impaired or totally absent you would not be able to perceive anything. Therefore you wouldn't be able to form a self-concept which is vital to communication. Obviously there is the simpler link between thinking and communication. This being that if you could not think, you would not be able to remember vocabulary or how to use it or interact. So thinking is the most important part of self-concept which, in turn, is important to communication. ...read more.

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If this listening is perceived incorrectly self-concept can be affected. It is primarily an intrapersonal skill. Some people are better at it than others. It is also possible that someone may not know how to be empathetic. They are known as ego-centric or self orientated. Empathy requires the listener to be emotionally involved and have an intense perception in others, hence if you don't have good perception skills then being empathetic will be a major problem. It is based upon your life experiences which shapes the view of yourself e.g. Self-concept. For example, If you are empathetic towards others, the experiences you perceive, whether good or bad will condition how you view yourself (self-concept). In turn this will help or hinder personal communication depending on how your self-concept has been shaped. On the whole, Self-concept is made up of 8 intertwined main factors and many more than relate and link in. These are Perception, Personality, Role, Communication Skills, Empathy, Thinking, Motivation and Socialisation. When any of these factors change or disappear, self-concept is affected. When self-concept is affected it changes the way we describe and view ourselves. If we view ourselves badly then personal communication will suffer and if we feel good about ourselves then we will be more outgoing and confident and more successful communication will take place. So Self-concept is very important to personal communication. ...read more.

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