Influence Of Self Presentation On The Perception Of The Personality Of A Person

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Self-presentation, as described by sociologists, is behavior that attempts to convey some information about oneself or some image of oneself to other people. People spend most of their time with others, making self-presentation a fundamental part of their behaviour. Everyone consciously or subconsciously wants to influence the perception of their image. This phenomenon is called impression management, a process in which people attempt to influence the perceptions of other people about a person, object or event. People practice impression management during both online and offline interactions. Impression management during online and offline interaction gives rise to the question: can online interactions be as significant as offline interactions to one’s personality? The complex nature of human interactions causes intermingling of the offline and online personalities, resulting in dependence between the online and offline identities of people. Online personalities are not only influenced by a person’s real identity, they also influence a person’s offline identity. Thus, both online and offline identities play an indispensible role in defining the personality of a person. Impression management requires regulating and controlling information in social interaction, according to Piwinger et al. (2001). All participants in social interactions are engaged in practices to avoid being embarrassed or embarrassing others, according to Goffman in ‘The Presentation of Self in Everyday
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