This is a concept analysis on self-perception. Self-perception is non-discriminatory in that it crosses all socio-economic, religious and ethnic backgrounds. The effects of self-perception can be and usually are life altering. Self-perception can tear at the fabric of the victim's self-confidence, self-worth and trust in their perceptions when relating to life events, eventually causing a chasm or warped view of the inner self. The reason for examining self-perception relates to how it affects the healing process and the relationships with those providing care.
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The Walker & Avant (2005) concept analysis method guided the analysis. The analysis includes research from the following literature: nursing, medicine, philosophy and psychology.
Essential and Critical Attributes
Self-concept and self-esteem are critical attributes when understanding self-perception. This is influenced by other critical attributes that include being able to bond; having relationships, societal standards also contribute to a person’s self-perception. Understanding the psychological effects of self, determine how well we respond to stressors in life such as healthcare problems or relationship development. Psychological and philosophical ideas of self; help in defining self-perception within the nursing profession. Nursing has become more adaptive to the perception of self in that there are theories developed that include holistic care and account for a patient’s self-perception.
When assessing the concept of self-perception the interrelationship with self-esteem is very evident. Self-perception has seemed to evolve from self-concept or knowing of self. Self-perception or self-concept can be”… traced to Greek philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle.” Rayner p.26) Most research address self-esteem which is the major influence for self-perception. Therefore, due to the interconnection between self-perception and self-esteem it is necessary to also define self-esteem which is pride in one’s self or self-respect. Psychologist Mark R. Leary “believes that self-esteem is a measurement of the quality of one’s relationships with others. Low self-esteem is a signal that an individual needs to improve their standing in regards to others.” (p.46) In the book entitled Private Self by Arnold H. Modell he states that “the private self supports a relative self-sufficiency, whereas from another perspective the self is not at all autonomous but can be seen as vulnerable in its dependence upon others for a sense of coherence and continuity.” (p.3) Within both psychology and philosophy we can assess that the value of self-esteem is important is developing our self-perception. However, it is essential to understand the impact of our society and how the interrelationship can skew the outcome and change the ability to perceive
Societal standards are the perceptions of a group or class of people within a community or culture. How you are viewed within your society has a direct impact on your self-perception and ability to form bonds or relationships. “Understanding the personality, intentions, beliefs, and identity of others may be the most important form of perception humans engage in.” (Liberman and Pfeifer p. 212) Early experiences of failing at a task or being told that you cannot accomplish something, starts the...