Self-Discovery In order to understand those around you and society as a whole, it is important to understand or know yourself, that is, to have self-knowledge. Self-knowledge includes many aspects of the self and is developed with input from many sources. Development of your self-knowledge is influenced by your family, how you were raised, environment and culture, and the countless experiences you have in your life. As a simple example, if your parents and teachers consistently told you that you were good with numbers, you probably felt confident that you could succeed in math. If you then succeeded in math courses in school and selected a career that used math, your self-concept related to math probably would be positive. This weeks Application Assignment is designed to help you explore the many different areas that make up self-knowledge, using yourself as an example. By better understanding your self (self-knowledge), you can better understand others. To prepare for this assignment: Review Chapter 4 and the assigned pages in Chapter 11 of the course text, Social Psychology, focusing on the many aspects of self-knowledge and self-regulation. Watch the Self Knowledge video from the Contemporary Videos in Social Psychology DVD. Thoughtfully complete the following inventories in Chapter 4: o The Self-Esteem Scale (Table 41 ) o The Measurement of Independent and Interdependent Self-Construals (Table 43 ) o The Self-Consciousness Scale (Table 45 ) Review and be sure you understand the self words in the chapter. A good list is contained in the key terms lists at the end of the chapters. Review the online article, Self-Esteem: In a Culture Where Winning Is Everything and Losing Is Shameful. Focus on how you are impacted by your culture. Think about whether you would describe your culture as independent or interdependent and how this self-construal impacts your self-perception. Think about specific sources of your self-knowledge including your socialization, feedback from others, your self-perception, your social identity, and your culture. Think about one aspect of your life. For example, think about yourself in the role of a student, a spouse, a parent, an employee, or some other role. How would you apply each element of the theory to an aspect of your own life?