Proceedings of The International Academic Conference on Research in Social Sciences
Between “Actual Self” and “Ideal Self”: Self-Concept Awareness and Correction in the Context of Self-Coaching
Despite the popular belief that people don’t change, the self-concept is available for self-study, introspection, and change. However, due to the multiplicity of elements of the Self-concept and the lack of their purposeful analysis, some aspects of self-concept are eluding consciousness. This article is devoted to the methods of complex work on yourself, aimed at understanding both the individual elements of the ideal self and self-concept as a whole in the context of self-coaching. The author proposes a method based on a sequential chain of questions, answering which a person can identify the main and most important elements of the self-concept for him, assess his attitude to them, as well as make a complete self-description. In view of this, a person can realize “actual self” and determine his approach to certain qualities of personality, as well as “try on” the role of ideal self in real conditions, which allows him to correlate these two images and the degree of their interaction. Awareness of significant elements that are markedly different allows seeing the direction for a particular work on yourself-either approaching the desired self-concept or its revision, which in both cases has a positive effect on self-esteem.
Keywords: self-concept change, ideal self, actual self, self-esteem, self-coaching.