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[self-kon-sept, self-] /ˈsɛlfˈkɒn sɛpt, ˌsɛlf-/
the idea or mental image one has of oneself and one's strengths, weaknesses, status, etc.; self-image.
Origin of self-concept
1920-25 Unabridged
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  • One final bit of advice relates to the power of language and the importance of self-concept.
  • It is because their self-concept rests in their initial reaction against prejudice.
  • True, some cultural groups have a self-concept that includes others, but not all do.
British Dictionary definitions for self-concept


(psychol) the whole set of attitudes, opinions, and cognitions that a person has of himself
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Word Origin and History for self-concept

also self concept, 1921, from self- + concept.

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self-concept in Medicine

self-concept n.
An individual's assessment of his or her status on a single trait or on many human dimensions using societal or personal norms as criteria.

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