Relatively stable set of perceptions you hold of yourself consisting of feelings, thoughts, strengths, weaknesses abilities and limitations.
Factors that Contribute to the Self Concept
- Self Knowledge
- Ideal Self
- Other peoples images of you
- Self evaluation
- Cultural beliefs
- Personal Idenity
Components of Self Concept
Self Esteem- how much you like yourself
Self Awareness- the extent to which you know and understand yourself, this is developed for the purpose of becoming authentic, congruent and open with patients.
Charteristics of an Effective Communicator
Authentic/Genuine - being real, the person who you truly are.
Congruent - make sure that you actions match your words.
Open - project yourself as approachable and available.
Types of communication where you reveal information about yourself, Increases awareness of yourself. The ability to self disclose depends on degree of self awareness and self acceptance.
What Influences Self Disclosure
Who you are - Sociable vs non, confident vs non
Audience size - small group or pairs.
Topic Dependant - Hobby/job vs sex life.
Gender - Females disclose more.
Receiver Relationship - People close to us -family, friends. spouse.