Assignment 3:

Theories of Self-Concept Maintenance
Researchers have examined several ways in which individuals actively maintain their sense of self in what can collectively be termed ???self-concept maintenance??? (Crisp and Turner, 2010, p. 10). Theories pertinent to self-concept maintenance include the control theory of self-regulation, self-discrepancy theory, social comparison theory, self-evaluation maintenance, social identity theory, and self-categorization theory. These theories share the assumption that individuals learn about themselves and their environment through self-comparison. People need to compare themselves with others in order to both know and evaluate their self and understand that these comparisons have a significant impact on individual behavior.
For this Assignment, review this week???s media program, Week 2: The Virtual Office, and evaluate the behavior of the women in the animation to determine which women exhibit narcissistic personality style and which women exhibit positive self-esteem.
Media link: http://mym.cdn.laureate-media.com/2dett4d/Walden/PSYC/8247/CH/mm/virtual_office/week2.html
The Assignment (3???5 pages)
?? Select and describe one of the women in the media program exhibiting either positive self-esteem or narcissism.
?? Compare the similarities and the differences of three theories of self-concept maintenance.
?? Explain how each theory explains the behavior of the woman in the media program.
?? Explain any insights you had or conclusions you drew based on your comparison.
?? Be specific and use the Learning Resources uploaded below and the current literature to support your response.
Learning Resources
?? Fein, S., & Spencer, S. J. (1997). Prejudice as self-image maintenance: Affirming the self through derogating others. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 73 (1), 31???44. (See attachment below)
?? Nicholls, E., & Stukas, A. A. (2011). Narcissism and the self-evaluation maintenance model: Effects of social comparison threats on relationship closeness. Journal of Social Psychology, 151 (2), 201???212. (See attachment below)
?? National Association for Self-Esteem. (n.d.). Retrieved November 30, 2011, from http://www.self-esteem-nase.org/
?? Social Psychology Network. (n.d.). Retrieved November 30, 2011, from http://www.socialpsychology.org/

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