Learn Social Psychology - The Self & Self-Esteem
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Learn Social Psychology - The Self & Self-Esteem

Understand Psychology for Personal Development, Self-Discovery, Business, Entrepreneurship, and Team-Building
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What Will I Learn?
  • Understand how people view themselves and how this informs their choices
  • Know how to interact more effectively with different people
  • Have insight into the complexities of human psychology
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  • Be open to research in psychology as a way to understand people

For ages, psychologists have been studying the self. Anytime we think about who we are, we engage in a very special thought process. After all, who knows us better than ourselves?

This course serves as a quick introduction to the psychology of the self. You'll learn four major components about this fascinating field of study:

  1. The Self-Concept: How do we come to understand who we are, what our traits are, what our skills are, etc.? This section looks at what it means to have a "self-concept" and how it develops.
  2. Self-Esteem: We've all heard of self-esteem, but psychologists spend countless hours understanding what it is, including components of self-esteem that you've never considered before.
  3. Self-Motives: Let's face it: we can be defensive. If someone says something negative about us, we feel compelled to refute it. This section looks at all the ways people are motivated to think about themselves in particular ways and what they do to ensure they maintain a particular self-concept.

In this series of lectures, you'll learn from a trained social psychologist and come to understand the essentials of the psychology of self. With quiz questions that reinforce your learning and examples that connect the research to your own life, this course is designed to help you quickly master this information. So enroll now and start learning about this fascinating field of social psychology!

**Please note that this is one part of the full "Learn Social Psychology" course. If you want to learn about the psychology of the self, and you're not ready to take the plunge for the full social psychology course, this is a great place to start!

Who is the target audience?
  • If you're a counselor or therapist, it's important to gain insight into how people feel about themselves
  • If you are in sales, understanding the psychology of the self gives you an opportunity to communicate better with people
  • Students who are taking a psychology class will gain a fun supplemental set of learning materials with this course
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Curriculum For This Course
2 Lectures 03:23

In this quick introductory video, we will cover the basics of the self, the topics psychologists consider, and why these things are worth knowing about.

Preview 01:48

Before we dive in, I thought I'd take a moment to tell you more about who I am and why I'm qualified to tell you about social psychology!

Preview 01:35
The Self-Concept
5 Lectures 15:30

Before we get started talking about psychological research on "The Self," let's do a quick exercise so you can know what it's like to think deeply about yourself.

Preview 00:37

We'll discuss what the previous exercise was all about and then launch into an understanding of the "self-concept."

Preview 02:10

The "self-concept" is really just a schema we have about ourselves. It includes the various bits of self-knowledge that we've come to understand. In this lesson, we talk about what a self-concept can be and how a self-concept originates over one's early development.

Preview 03:21

In addition to having a self-concept, people can be more or less "clear" about that self-concept. The research has tied these perceptions to a number of outcomes, including degree of self-esteem.

Preview 01:59

In this lesson, we go further in understanding the self-concept by looking at some ways in which people come to know information about themselves. How do our self-concepts come to contain all of that information? We'll look specifically at the role of introspection, self-perception, and social comparison.

Developing Self-Knowledge

QUIZ: Self-Concept
1 question
4 Lectures 18:00

No doubt you've heard of "self-esteem" before. In this lesson, after quickly defining how psychologists think about self-esteem, I'll let you in on two key attributes of a person's self-esteem that you may not have considered before. The first of these is the stability of self-esteem, and the other is the contingencies (or bases) of self-esteem. Each of these is important to understand when it comes to knowing how people react to negative things that happen in their lives.

Understanding the Components of Self-Esteem

Usually people talk about self-esteem as if it's one thing. In truth, a lot of psychologists have started to look at different forms of self-esteem. In this lecture we consider the difference between "self-liking" and "self-competence," and we briefly consider the research on "self-compassion."

BONUS: Beyond Global Self-Esteem

A person can say that he has high self-esteem but at a more implicit, "subconscious" level, he might have lower self-esteem than he expressed. And he might not even know it consciously! In this video, I explain the notion of implicit self-esteem, how psychologists can measure it, and how something as simple as how much someone likes her name can signal implicit self-esteem.

VIDEO: Implicit Self-Esteem and Name-Liking

QUIZ: Self-Esteem
1 question

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3 Lectures 15:48

Although it would be great if people always looked objectively for information about themselves, people tend to be motivated by a need to maintain high self-esteem. We'll talk about a handful of behaviors that people engage in so that they keep a positive self-view: downward social comparisons, self-serving attributions, self-handicapping, basking in reflected glory, and outgroup derogation. We'll also talk about self-verification which can happen when someone with low self-esteem really just wants to confirm his or her pre-existing negative self-view (rather than hear good things about him/herself).

Understanding Self-Motives

My own personal experience may shed light on "Basking in Reflected Glory" and show you just how pervasive it is. What's an experience from your own life in which you felt that you were BIRGing?

VIDEO: Example of Basking in Reflected Glory (Hometown Success)

In this quick video, I'll give you another example of "self-handicapping," and once you hear it, you'll start seeing instances of it everywhere.

VIDEO: Example of Self-Handicapping (Self-Derogating Statements & Athletics)

QUIZ: Self-Motives
1 question
3 Lectures 02:12
Conclusion and Farewell

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About the Instructor
Andrew Luttrell, Ph.D.
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I am a social psychologist. My expertise is in the domain of attitudes and persuasion, but I have extensive experience with all corners of the social psychology world. The research in this field is so interesting that I can't help but want to share it! I look forward to the chance to share the world of social psychology with you.