Recent studies show that the self-concept is revealed in various forms.
Each Form falls into one of the four major categories discussed.
All the categories of self-concept relate to physical as well as the psychological self-concept.
The four categories are: the basic, the transitory, and the social and ideal self-concepts.
THE BASIC SELF-CONCEPT
the basic self-concept is the person’s concept of what he really is. It includes ones perception of his appearance, his awareness of his abilities and disabilities, and of his role and status in life, his values and aspirations. This is the concept that tends to be realistic. It is the inner real perception of the Individuality whether he likes it or is embarrassed to admit it In front of other persons.
If the basic self-concept is to the persons liking he is likely to be happy and achieve self acceptance.
If an individual does not like his basic self-concept he will be unhappy, feel sorry for himself and develop self rejection.
THE TRANSITORY SELF-CONCEPT
in addition to basic self-concept a person has a self-concept which he holds for time and then relinquishes. It is a momentary self-concept which is unstable and changes according to circumstances.
The self-concept is generally influenced by passing moods, emotional States, or recent experiences. Unlike basic self-concept which is stable and to some extent predictable, it fractuates from time to time and from situation to situation and is unstable and unpredictable.
THE SOCIAL SELF-CONCEPT
the social self-concept is based on the way the individual believes others perceive him. These views are based on way others interact with him or judge his behavior.
The social concept is influenced by significant persons like parents; teachers, friends, and colleagues at work as well superiors.
Social concept may in time develop into basic concepts if the person believes that he is as significant to other persons see him.