Personality and the Self-concept



This chapter offers an explanation of the nature and significance of a person’s self-image. Rogers regarded the self-image as an important point of reference in the personality, and for this reason a person seeks to maintain its stability and consistency.

In every relationship one person communicates to another how he or she is experienced. If a child (or adult) takes a cue from this, a self-image may be built on the basis of how a person is regarded and not according to the actual or true characteristics possessed. The origins and implications of this discrepancy are explored.


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© John R. Mayhew 1997

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