Examples Of Self Knowledge Essay

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Self-Knowledge: Determining Who We Are The most difficult thing that people are commonly asked to answer is to tell someone about themselves. We never answer the question right away, instead we take a few seconds to think about how we want to go about answering without sounding egoistic, but not benevolent at the same time. The reason for this because individuals have a difficult time describing who they truly are because of the influence others have on them. The person they may be today may not be the same as the person they were a few years, months, weeks, or even a couple of days ago. Neither will it be the same person they will be in the near future. This is known as self-knowledge and knowing who you are. Self-Knowledge can be defined …show more content…
However, that does not imply that people cannot easily influenced by others. The media is a prime example. People, majority being young teenagers and young adults, have a desire to be like the people they see on television. Whether it be their favorite television show or even a short commercial about body modification. Magazines, billboards, and posters share the same effect. Everyone views themselves as what they believe other people around them see them as. A person can be the most gentle, warmhearted person ever, however can portray another person when looked at because of their facial expressions. Our expressions says a lot about a person without saying actual words. This a poor way of judging a person because it may lead to low self-esteem and self hatred. It may draw thoughts that one may not be who they think they are and are in fact who others see them …show more content…
Cho, and Eric D. Knowles, I was able to gain a deeper understanding of what it mean to figure out who people are as individuals. This specific journal focuses on Social projection and self-stereotyping. Social projection can be defined as the starting point for social judgement. Meaning that people go back and forth about a certain person attempting to figure out the source of their appearance or inner self. This then leads to a person wanting to know how they too can be like whomever they are admiring. While social projection is a “theoretically sufficient, but not necessary, explanation for self-other correspondence”(Cho, J. C., & Knowles, E. D), self-stereotyping can lead to an overestimation of how alike one can be to another. Self-stereotyping is when people put themselves in a certain group or category because they feel like that is where they belong and need to stay. It is safe to say that just about everyone does this without realizing that it is being done. Social projection and self-stereotyping go hand in hand when it comes to finding out we are and who we think we

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