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Social Self

  1. Corey L. Guenther,
  2. Mark D. Alicke

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0898

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Guenther, C. L. and Alicke, M. D. 2010. Social Self. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. Ohio University

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


The self-concept—our understanding of our characteristics, preferences, and behavioral tendencies—derives from various sources. These sources include biological predispositions, the culture in which we are reared, and motivationally based needs and desires. However, the factor that transcends all other self-definitional forces is that of social context.


  • self;
  • self-concept;
  • self-knowledge;
  • social judgment