Type of psychology: Personality; developmental psychology; social psychology; consciousness Fields of study: Attitudes and behavior; general constructs and issues; personality theory; social perception and cognition

The self is a term that is widely used and variously defined. It has been examined by personality theorists as a central structure. Social cognitive psychology has explored the individual and interpersonal processes that influence such dimensions as self-systems, self-concept, self-consciousness, and self-efficacy. Recent research has challenged psychology to rethink its concept of the self.

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