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Communications Ch 2

Constructing the self through communication

Allness: The use of one aspect of our identity to describe our whole self.
Back Context: A private environment that requires a less conscious effort to manage the impression you project to others.
Blind Quadrant: The part of yourself that others know but you do not.
Confirmation: When others accept our presentation of self and act in harmony with the image we are displaying.
Discomfirmation: When others ignore our presentation of self and act indifferent to the image we are displaying.
Facework: The act of presenting the self.
Front context: A public setting where you actively manage the impression you project to others.
Gender identity: The conception you have of yourself as a male or female, masculine or feminine.
Generalized Other: A composite view of society's reflection of yourself.
Hidden Quadrant: Those things that you know about yourself but others do not.
Identity: The conception of yourself as a member of a group or category.
Johari Window: A model depicting an individual's degree of self-awareness.
Open Quadrant: The part of yourself that is known both to you and to others.
Rejection: When others contradict the presentation of ourself and act inconsistently with the image we are displaying.
Role Taking: The act of understanding the motives, interests, and actions of other people and adopting those actions, at least temporarily.
Self-awareness: The consciousness of our existence and degree to which we understand ourselves.
Self-concept: A relatively consistent image or set of perceptions that you have about yourself.
Self-esteem: The value you attach to your self-concept.
Self-fulfilling prophecy: The tendency to live up to the expectations created for us.
Stereotypes: Specific kinds of labels that characterize people based on the assumed traits of others in their group.
Social Identity Theory: Our identification with social groups is important for our self-concept, and the relative salience of a given identity depends on social context.
Social Comparison: When we understand our self by comparing it to others.
Unknown Quadrant: The category of things that neither you nor others know about yourself.
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