The Importance of Self-Concept and Self-Esteem

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Introduction The concept of self has been addressed by many psychology theorists. Self-concept and self-esteem are considered to be the feelings and constructs that people experience in relation to themselves. The idea that self-concept and self-esteem are closely linked to people's abilities to deal with changes and issues in their lives and to provide some measure of control over what happens to them is documented widely in the literature (Bandura, 1977; Brown, 1993, 1998; Brown & Dutton, 1995; Brown and Marshal, 2001; Donnellan, et al., 2005; Watson & Clark, 1984; Watson & Tellegan, 1985). Self-image and self-perception are basically equivalents to self-concept (Mann, 2004). Self-esteem is regarded as equivalent to self-regard, self-estimation and self-worth. Self-esteem is the evaluative and affective dimension of the self-concept (Mann, 2004). The self is both the knower and the one who is known. Concepts we hold about ourselves may be core to knowing the self, as self-awareness is a continual, fluctuating state. Barring, for this purpose, consideration of the physical self, the aspects that make up the self are cognitive, affective, and executive. The cognitive self consists of our self-knowledge all that we know or believe that we know about ourselves. The affective self is the felt or emotional self, while the executive self is the active or behavioral self (Brown, 1998). Self-esteem and emotion. Self-esteem has been associated with a wide array of positive and

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