Self-concept, is something that not many of us probably think a lot about. Self-concept is the opinions and ideas we make on ourselves from the beliefs we hold about ourselves and the responses of others. We all just know when we feel good about ourselves and, coincidentally, when we feel bad. But when does self-concept start?
Many Psychologists over time have tried to solve this simple question with a simple test. The mirror test. Infants raging between 6 and 24 months are replaced in front of a mirror and the reactions are recorded. The amount of times that this experiment has been conducted, we do not know but judging by the fact that this is one experiment that has concrete answers (or so they think), I would say a good few times!
According to this test, between the ages of 6 to 12 months, the infant will see the reflection of themselves as another baby and will want to be friendly them. Sometimes, between 13 and 24 months, the infant will become withdrawn from the reflection and will not like seeing the reflection. this could either be the first signs of self concept emerging or this could be a bad reaction to seeing another child. However, psychologists are sure of is that the child does not fully recognise that it is themselves until the ages of between 20 to 24 months.
But is this really when self-concept begins? Is this really when we recognise ourselves? Or does it change between each individual? These are questions that a lot of people have asked in the past and these questions will probably be asked far into the future for, at the end of the day, infants can’t talk so can’t say when they recognise themselves.
Just always remember, make your self-concept positive.