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self-concept


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All the elements which make up a person's self. Self-concept represents how a person sees himself or herself and is thought to have three components: ideal self (the person one would like to be); public self (the image one believes others have of oneself); and real self (the sum of those subjective thoughts, feelings, and needs that a person sees as being authentically theirs). Sometimes there is a conflict between the different components of self resulting in anxiety. To maintain good mental health, the public and ideal self should be compatible with the real self.


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