Self Concept

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My name is Paul Buchanan. I am a nineteen year old male who currently lives in Hillsboro Oregon. I was born in Puyallup Washington and lived there up until the first day of sixth grade. I then moved down to Hillsboro Oregon due to my father taking up a job offer with Intel. I enjoy to go bowling, playing video games and hanging out whenever I can with my friends. Throughout this essay I will be discussing my "self-concept" with three communication concepts. They are as follows: self-fulfilling prophecies, uncertainty reduction theory and social comparison.

Emerson once said that a man should not be what he is not. There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide. If a man is envious of other people, he will ignore all merits of himself. If a man imitates other people, he will lose his identity - like suicide. It is common to find a man like me envious of other people. I used to constantly compare myself socially to those around me. Once in middle school I found myself being jealous of the popular kids in class. I am jealous if a classmate gets a higher score on tests. I am jealous if my neighbor has a better car. But as I always find out, when I praise those kinds of people, people will say you are beautiful, too ; when I praise the classmate, people will say remember you got a higher score last time ; when I praise the car of the neighbor, people will say "your car is just as nice if not better". There is always a the better side of myself, which I cannot see because it is hindered by my own jealousy. Imitation is the result of jealousy.

They make their own decisions and I make mine. While I have confidence in myself, I will never have an ambition out of all proportion of my practical force . I am the best person to discover myself, knowing what I have and what I do not , what I can do and what I cannot. I will always do that which is assigned to me; I...
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