According to Tubbs and Moss (2008:41) self-concept is the fairly stable impression that one has of oneself. These would include all the judgments regarding who you were, who you are and who you aspire to be. When applying this to myself I can deduce that self-concept is all the judgments I make of myself and how these judgments are influenced by my past, present and desired future. Self-concept in relation with gender refers to the cultural norms that are associated with one’s sex and how these norms classify you in terms of masculinity and femininity (Tubbs & Moss, 2008: 42).
Furthermore Tubbs & Moss (2008: 42) state that one’s attitude towards gender also affects how one’s impressions are formed regarding others and oneself. These can include traits such as gender stereotyping as well as sexist attitudes.
When applying this to myself I would concur that there are many expectations I have of others regarding their gender as well as how I would expect them to think of myself. These expectations may not necessarily be stereotypical, as my cultural upbringing has taught me to be open-minded. I do however feel that the majority of my preconceptions regarding others are usually accurate but they are rarely based on stereotypes. One of the major factors in determining one’s self-concept is self-esteem (Tubbs & Moss, 2008:43). One’s self-concept is usually linked with superficial values and traits such as physical attractiveness, intellect, fame, importance and wealth to name a few and according to Tubbs & Moss (2008:43) self-esteem may also be completely subjective. Self-esteem, in my opinion, is the most important factor in determining my understanding of self-concept. I believe that your self-esteem determines how you treat yourself and how others will treat you in the sense that if you regard yourself as weak and inferior others will think the same of you because that is how you relay yourself to others. This causes a ripple effect throughout all facets...
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