Self Perception

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When we look at the sky the first thing we wish to see are the stars, those

amazing shinning objects everyone talks about, but not all see. Self-concept and

perception work the same way. Through interpersonal communication we relate,

communicate and evolve with other people physically and emotionally and it’s affected

by one’s self-concept, perception and emotion.

Self-concept is a term used to refer to how someone thinks about or perceives

themselves. How we think about and evaluate ourselves and how aware we are of

ourselves as a concept to be. A more stable definition is, as Baumeister provides, “the

individual's belief about himself or herself, including the person's attributes and who and

what the self is”.

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The simpler the message, the easier the

other person will get it. You can have a simple discussion by asking straight questions

to someone and having direct and concrete responses. When you have a hard time

discussing an issue that you not know exactly how to express, your recipient might

loose himself in the conversation. Like in any type of communication, there’s a chance

that the intended meaning is lost. Specially, when people try to express their feelings

the meanings get wrongly perceived. A person might want to break up a relationship but

in a nice and mature way, so they try to smooth the situation and be sensitive about not

saying something dry that can hurt its partner. But, if it is too sensitive and too nice, the

meaning could get wrongly perceived and the recipient might think its just an issue they

will get over easily, when the point totally was not that.

Perception is someone’s reality, it determines how they perceive information from

another person and how the perception of others is the product of how you view

yourself. Perception can be learned, physical or cultural depending on your


They type of learned perception is formed with someone’s personality, from the

thoughts, ideas and beliefs that are taught. For example, when a child communicates

and transmits information with his parents, the parent’s personality traits, beliefs and

ethics of life will reflect in the kid. He
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