Numerous personnel tends to have different imaginations about themselves, hence, affecting their characters, attitudes, and how they react to their colleagues (Mehrad, 2016). According to Emam & Abu-Serei (2014), self-concept is the self-evaluation done by an individual and has a significant impact on the behavior of a person while playing an important role in the learning process. As such, this paper aims to examine the idea of self-concept in enhancing interpersonal communication.
Role of Self-Concept in Ethical Communication
Communication and self-concept have an interrelation since the self-concept impacts not only the way one feels about themselves but also how an individual interprets and deliver a message and their reaction to other people. Importantly, self-concept plays a critical role in enhancing ethical communication since a person with higher self-concept tend to have effective communicative and social capabilities compared to a someone with a low self-concept (Čerešník, 2015).
I was raised from a middle-income family and being in the best learning centers in the city, I have always had high self-confidence since I am able to interact with every person from the various background without any hindrance. As such, I can presume that my self-concept is positive as it has helped to expand the number of friends I have and enhancing my class performance.
How I Ethically Influence the Self-Concept of Others
According to various theories of self-concept, the technique is built on personal and social identity as they play an important role in influencing self-concept of others (Mehrad, 2016). Influencing the self-concept of various individuals begins by having a strong self-confidence in one’s self. Notably, I have been able to impact the self-concept of different personnel by encouraging one to believe in themselves, hence, building their self-esteem. Additionally, I inspire a person to focus on activities that they can alter such as changing their academic grades through building a relationship with their teachers and classmates.
Difference between Self-Concept and Perception
According to Emam & Abu-Serei (2014), self-concept is the ability of a person to evaluate himself/herself to enhance their personal and social identity. Conversely, self-perception is the aptitude of an individual to observe themselves in relation to others and the community (Pop, 2016). In essence, self-perception entails self-defined personality and ability to safeguard one’s self.
How My Self-Concept Affects the Perception of an Individual
An example how my self-concept influenced my perception of an individual was during the school break in which I used to view my neighbor’s kid as a person that does not like to socialize. Conversely, this affected my communication with the family since I presumed they were not friendly. Unfortunately, my self-concept was negative as I came to understand that the teen was physically impaired, hence, was not able to relate effectively with people.
Guidelines for Improving Perception and Communication
Some of the guidelines for improving perception and communication include preventing mind reading and identifying that perceptions are partial and subjective. Importantly, the guidelines help an individual to determine their self and social identity, thus, building confidence (Wood, 2016). Recognizing perception as being partial and personal aids a person to believe in themselves, hence, improve communication.
Self-concept is the self-evaluation done by an individual and it has a significant impact on the behavior of a person. Importantly, self-concept plays a critical role in enhancing ethical communication since a person with higher self-concept tend to have an effective communicative and social capability compared to a person with low self-concept.
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