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A person can develop a positive self-concept

Updated: May 17, 2020

What is self-concept?

The word 'concept' is about ideas that happen in the mind.

The word 'self' is about the person.

Therefore, self-concept is how a person sees themselves, in their own mind. For example, physical characteristics, abilities, values, goals, personal traits.


Self-concept helps the person understand who they are, what they stand for, what they believe in and where they belong. It is important that the person maintains a positive self-concept as this helps them to know themselves and understand where they belong.


A person can maintain a positive self-concept by:

  • Being aware of their own strengths, weaknesses, talent and potential so that they understand how they behave and how they think about things.

  • Being honest and true to who they are and what they value so there is no conflict in their minds about making the right choices.

  • Taking responsibility for personal choices and actions so that they can live with the decisions they have made.

  • Taking on new challenges so that they can continue to challenge and learn about themselves.

  • Accepting themselves for who they are and not apologising for have good values and a kind and thoughtful personality.

  • Being aware that a person can self-improve and develop aspects of themselves through different activities and through different people.


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