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Pragmatic View of Self

The self is a complex process of gaining self awareness. We develop a concept of who we are through our interactions with others. This view is expressed in pragmatic philosophy in the works of Willliam James and George Herbert Mead, among others.

Dramatism and Self-Presentation

We construct roles that we perform in the everyday drama of life and shape the image we choose to convey to others.

The Humanistic View of Self 

Drawing on perspectives of Abraham Maslow and Carl Rogers, this view of self emphasizes individual growth toward self-actualization.

Postmodern Self

Our sense of self is a relational view that is defined and negotiated in relational communities.


Esteem is the need to affirm self worth and gain confidence in interacting with others. This focus also draws on humanistic psychology.

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