Self Concept in the Pursuit of Happyness

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Will Smith stars in the inspirational true story of Chris Gardner, a San Francisco salesman who is struggling to make ends meet. When his Girlfriend Linda walks out, Chris is left to raise their 5 year old son Christopher on his own. Chris determination finally pays off when he lands an unpaid internship in a brutally competitive stockbroker training program, where only one in twenty interns will make the cut. But without a salary, Chris and his son are evicted from their apartment and are forced to sleep on the streets, in homeless shelters and even behind the locked doors of a metro station bathroom. With self-confidence and the love and trust of his son, Chris Gardner rises above his obstacles to become a Wall Street legend.
Self-concept is a general term used to refer to how someone thinks, evaluates and perceives themselves. To be aware of oneself is to have a concept of oneself. Self-concept is our perception or image of our abilities and our uniqueness. At first one's self-concept is very general and changeable. As we grow older, these self-perceptions become much more organized, detailed, and specific."
(Pastorino & Doyle-Portillo, 2013)
Humanist psychologist Carl Rogers believed that there were three different parts of self-concept:
1. Self-image, or how you see yourself. It is important to realize that self-image does not necessarily coincide with reality. People might have an inflated self-image and believe that they are better at things than they really are. Conversely, people are also prone to having negative self-images and perceive or exaggerate flaws or weaknesses.
Each individual's self-image is probably a mix of different aspects including your physical characteristics, personality traits, and social roles.
2. Self-esteem, or how much you value yourself. A number of different factors can impact self-esteem, including how we compare ourselves…...

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