Self Images And Self Image

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HERO Training 2015-2
Thomas Cumbie
Tuesday, August 18 2015

What is Self-Image?
A person 's self-image can depend on many factors, to include internal/external and perceived/actual. Their answer when asked "What do you believe people think about you?" can provide a very succinct view of their self-image and possibly how it is formed. The concept of self is derived from many traits usually perceived as demographic information (gender, height, weight, race, etc.) but also other less measurable components such as personal experiences or internalized judgements from others.
“Self-image may consist of three types:
1. Self-image resulting from how the individual sees himself or herself.
2. Self-image resulting from how others see the individual.
3. Self-image resulting from how the individual perceives others see him or her.
These three types may or may not be an accurate representation of the person. All, some or none of them may be true.”
Cognitive and social psychologists have given self-image a more technical term “self-schema” which refers to a summary of a person’s beliefs, experiences and generalizations about the self. Self-schema is based on many aspects including personal interests, traits and physical characteristics.
Victim mentality
Victims of abuse and manipulation often get trapped into a self-image of victimization. The psychological profile of victimization includes a pervasive sense of helplessness, passivity, loss of control,

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