Positive Professional Image Analysis

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Module three explored so many diverse aspects of developing positive self-image that is professional. Mallory Stark article on, “Creating a Positive Professional Image,” talked about how our behaviors can directly affect how we are perceived in the workplace. Ms. Stark start out the article by saying, “People are constantly observing your behavior and forming theories about your competence, characters, and commitment, which are rapidly disseminated throughout the workplace.” “It is only wise to add your voice and framing others theories about who you are and what you can accomplish.” (Starks. 2005 paragraph 2)
This week’s three chapters focused on this topic. Chapter six summarizes professionalism in your personal life. Discussing how personal
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Likewise, having a professional self-image directly impacts topics brought out in chapter four which relate to relationships, teamwork, and having good communication skills. Also, chapter five topics on cultural competence and patient care directly stems from how healthcare professionals are viewed in the healthcare industry.
First impressions definitely make an impact and how you are viewed in the healthcare industry. Mrs. Stark’s interview with Laura Morgan Roberts defined what a professional image is. According to Mrs. Roberts, “A professional image is a set of qualities and characteristics that represent preconceptions of your competence in character and are judged by key constituents.”(Roberts, 2005 paragraph 6) Similarly chapter six first topic was on personal image which directly impacts how others perceive you in healthcare. (Page 128) Your appearance strongly affects how others perceive you to be competent and taking care of them. Many people draw
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There are three types of identity threats predicament, evaluation, in illegitimacy. (Stark, 2005) these three types of identity threats can harm a person’s professional image. However, according to chapter six we focused on adapting to change. (Page 142) In order, to break the chains of the stereotypes you must not allow social and cultural differences determine your actions in the workplace. One example used in the article to correct stereotypes, is the focus on social recatagorization which means making sure our verbal and nonverbal cues are suppressed. (Starks, 2005) another example would be making sure we use positive distinctiveness from our social identity groups in order to inform others about the positive characteristics of the identity group we belong to. (Starks 2005) To sum up this topic the more we pay attention to ourselves we can minimalize how people perceive us so they do not base our competency on gender, age group, religion, or identity group. Likewise, the more we develop ourselves by strengthening our adaptive skills we can develop a professional image. By working on stress management, time management, financial management, will be able to lead others and set an example for others to follow. Lastly, when we display a positive self-image this sets the very foundation of developing personal relationships, teamwork, and displays their professional characteristics.

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