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self-conceptSelbstkonzept (ger.)

  • A person's concept or idea of himself. (OED 2012)

    My notion of this memory is a self-percept, but my notion of my capability to recall my past acquisitions is a self-concept

    Baldwin, J. (1892). Psychology Applied to the Art of Teaching: 78.


    Finally we have the logical self, the bare concept of the ‘I’ or the ‘ego.’ This has been gained by abstraction from the social, professional, moral, etc., self-concepts; it is a sort of short-hand term for them all. Its meaning differs very considerably in different philosophical systems.

    Titchener, E.B. (1898/99). A Primer of Psychology: 226.


    the group of problems which center about the self concept

    Tower, C.V. (1903). An interpretation of some aspects of the self. Philos. Rev. 12, 16-36: 16.


    Without an identity of your own it would be impossible to recognize yourself. And therein may lie the basic difference between monkeys and great apes. The monkey’s inability to recognize himself may be due to the absence of a sufficiently well-integrated self-concept.

    Gallup, G.G. Jr. (1977). Self-recognition in priamates. A comparative approach to the biderectional properties of consciousness. Amer. Psychol. 32, 329-338: 334.