Many people have a poor understanding of themselves. They do not understand self-concept and self-image. In fact, self-concept and self-image are not the same. If you’re struggling with your self-image, it may help if some light is shed on self-concept and self-image.
You’re not alone, many people struggle with their self-concept and self-image. Today, teenagers often struggle with their self-concept and self-image. As adults the struggle will continue if you do not address your feelings and thoughts. Take control once and for all.
What is self-concept?
Self-concept is simply what you understand about yourself. It differs from self-image because it involves your social abilities and character, physical appearance and body image, and thinking.
What is self-image?
Self-image is the mental picture of how you see yourself. Men and women usually are resistant to change their self-image because it was defined and shaped at an early age. Family and friends can contribute to a poor self-image.
Self image includes the following:
* How you see yourself physically (body image)
* What others think of you or what you perceive them to think of you
* What you think about your personality
* Your status
* The kind of person you think you are
Men and women suffer from self-image and self-esteem issues. However, it’s more common for women to have a poor self-image than men. Women harshly judged themselves and each other. They constantly compare themselves to celebrities, even though the pictures of celebrities are airbrushed and touched-up in Photoshop.
The good news is that you have the power to change your self-image which can boost your self-esteem. The key is to lighten up on you. Remember, no one is perfect – even though Hollywood have you believe differently.
Take a good look at yourself in the mirror. You are important and special because you exist. Everyone deserves the best in the life. Don’t get hung up on outward appearances. Learn to love yourself the way you are.
However, if you find that you do not like your hair – change it with a new hairstyle and color. Your inside appearance is more important than your outward appearance. More importantly, once you learn to love and accept yourself, your outward appearance and experiences will emulate the way you feel on the inside. Remember, it’s all in your head!