Self-concept: Autopoiesis as the Basis for a Conceptual Framework
Article first published online: 31 JAN 2013
Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Systems Research and Behavioral Science
Volume 31, Issue 1, pages 32–46, January/February 2014
How to Cite
Smith, J. D. (2014), Self-concept: Autopoiesis as the Basis for a Conceptual Framework. Syst. Res., 31: 32–46. doi: 10.1002/sres.2168
- Issue published online: 23 JAN 2014
- Article first published online: 31 JAN 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 18 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 14 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Received: 18 APR 2012
- possible selves;
This paper examines the proposition that self-concept exists as a networked modular structure in which the modules, consisting of actual or current self-concept and a number of possible selves, are held together as a dynamical system through an autopoietic process of self-regulation. In this context, the whole lifeworld of an individual can be thought of as a field that is maintained and/or changed through engagement in various kinds of developmental tasks controlled through self-regulation. A ‘morphology’ of self-concept defined in this way involves a dimension ranging from the internal (the person) to the external (the environment) passing through some form of interface. As a system, like any other system, self-concept is characterized by structure, pattern, and process elements. Self-concept, therefore, can change and develop yet ‘stay the same’, thus providing the individual, in a reflective and reflexive way, with a personal sense of history, growth, continuity, and change. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.