Psychology 2035A/B Chapter Notes - Chapter 6: Ego Depletion, Ellen Langer, Students For The Exploration And Development Of Space

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Although the self concept is usually talked about as a single entity, it is actually a multifaceted structure. Self concept: an organized collection of beliefs about the self: entails your beliefs about your personality, those things that come to mind when you think about yourself, and what you believe to be true about yourself. These are called self-schemas: shape social perception, are developed from past experiences, and are concerned with your personality traits, abilities, physical features, values, goals, and social roles. Possible selves are developed from past experiences, current behaviour, and future expectations. They make people attentive to goal related information and role models and mindful of the need to practise goal related skills. What motivates people to approach or avoid particular possible selves: one answer appears to be motives that enhance ones identity. Vignoles and colleagues found that people desired possible selves that enhanced their self esteem, self perceived effectiveness and sense of meaning or purpose among other motives.

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