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Social Self and Individual Self

Psychological Perspectives


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Ken Silvestro, PhD.

As a follow-up to the previous article describing groups and collectives, I want to describe the differences between social Self and individual Self.

A social Self is directly related to groups and collectives. This means that a person's social identity, or Self, is based on group membership. Since groups or collectives have specific values, beliefs, mannerisms, dress styles, languages and more, a member typically adopts most, if not all, of the group's characteristics as her/his social Self.

An individual Self, as presented in previous articles, is considered the central element in a perso...

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