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Self and the Multiple Aspects in Social Psychology Carissa Pukall Psych 555 October 23, 2011 Professor Jay Greiner Self and the Multiple Aspects in Social Psychology Self has many meanings from the dictionary to a psychologist’s view of self. The first subject is the definition of the concept of self. The next subject in the paper is explaining how an individual develops a self-concept. The next subject in the paper is that of giving details of the relationship between the self and emotion, how that relationship affects an individual’s self-esteem. The final subject in this paper is the relationship between self and behavior along with the relationship affects an individual’s self-presentation. Concept of Self The concept of self has multiple definitions pending on the view. A children’s dictionary defines self as “a person considered apart from any other person or a person’s usual personality” (American Heritage Dictionaries, 1998, p. 651). According to Fiske (2010) there are nine different conceptual definitions of self. The conceptual definitions are in levels starting with the most direct and going to the simplest. The definitions of self, starting at the most direct level is body or material self, inner or spiritual self, interpersonal, social or relational self, societal self, and agent self (Fiske, 2010). The body or material self is defined as a person’s belongings like a car or clothing (Fiske, 2010). The next level is inner or spiritual self and is explained as the identity that is private and self-reflective (Fiske, 2010). The next level is interpersonal, social, or relational self and is explained through the relationships with other people (Fiske, 2010). The second to last level is the societal self that is explained as the social identities linked to the level of collective or the culture (Fiske, 2010). The last level meaning the

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