Writing a Good Discussion Board Post.

Respond to Peers: Review your classmates’ posts and try to find some common ground or to expand on the students’ ideas. Use the text to extend your classmates’ points about psychology and communication. Ask questions that will deepen everyone’s understanding of the key concepts. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts by Monday, Day 7. Response posts must be 125 to 200 words in length. If you have questions about how to participate in discussions, consult About Discussions under the Course Home menu and watch the tutorial Writing a Good Discussion Board Post.

   Kasandra Gutierrez    Self-concept can be defined as one’s description or portrayal of him- or herself as a person, “based on an organized collection of beliefs and feelings about oneself” (Myers, 1993, p. 188). Self-concept is what you as person would describe yourself. Psychologist Dennis Coon (1994) defines self-image as “the total subjective perception of oneself, including an image of one’s body and impressions of one’s personality, capabilities, and so on” (p. 471). Self-image is what you base yourself as because of certain experiences. You can either take them negatively or change how you and others see yourself by your actions. Self-esteem consists of your broad sense of self-worth and the level of satisfaction you have with yourself; it is how you evaluate and judge yourself (Crocker & Wolfe, 2001). Self-esteem is how you think about yourself, it depends on the persons’ mentality and how they see life. If you are constantly revolving your thoughts on negativity, it is most likely that you will have a low self-esteem.The difference between intrapersonal and interpersonal communication, is that intrapersonal represents how you get along and communicate with others. As for interpersonal communication, it is when you meet somebody planned or unplanned and begin small talk or talks about something important.Self-image, self-concept, and self-esteem all relate to intrapersonal and interpersonal because of how you present yourself to others and how you think of yourself. These characteristics have a lot to do with how you communicate with the world. If you are negative towards yourself, it is most likely that you will be negative towards others.I have changed my self-concept, self-image, and self-esteem throughout the years due to the experiences I have been through. I have become wiser and realized that my thoughts of negativity will only lead to misery and misery to those around me.Psychology and communication illustrate my thoughts on these characteristics because all of the concepts involve psychological development.   
  Daniel Hostetler  
 How do you define who and what you are?  Myers (1993, p. 188) states self-concept is defined as how one views him- or herself as a person, “based on an organized collection of beliefs and feelings about oneself.”  If one were to make a list of all the components that one sees that makes up their “self,” this set would be their “self-concept.”  Additionally, self-esteem is how good you feel about yourself  in relation to your concept of worth and satisfaction with yourself (Crocker & Wolfe, 2011).  When you put the two together you create a sort of mental “self-portrait” or “self-image” of who and what you perceive you are–from your perspective.   Since I was a pre-teen I have always had a very high level of self-esteem.  It is a trait which I constantly try to re-evaluate daily to avoid thinking myself better than others.  Rather, I have taken opportunities to improve myself in ways the average person has not.  I have been given personality gifts and talents by my Creator and have striven to use them to bring others around me to at least the same level that I have been blessed to attain.  As I have been a minister for nearly 40 years, this works in very well with my calling.  I derive great pleasure in helping others succeed, which feeds back into improving my sense of self-worth. One way I have done this in the past is through an international organization known as Toastmasters International (www.toastmasters.org).  I have served in this organization at all levels from club to state officer.  One of their workshops which I whole-heartedly pushed is the Speechcrafters Workshop.  This is a six to eight week course, costing usually $5 per person to cover the cost of the workbook and one hour of their time per week, which helped the participant learn to craft speeches and presentations in a safe and friendly environment.  What I saw that I really liked in this setting is that it fostered self-confidence in the individual who might have started the class terrified of speaking in public.  I have literally seen people who could barely speak English, people who cried just having to stand in front of the class, etc. excel to the point where their supervisors took notice of their positive personality changes and offered them greater responsibilities and income.  That gave me great satisfaction and I will be remembered by hundreds of people at the two large companies in which I worked for having helped them in this way. How a person views themselves should not necessarily be taken as the defining reference of who or what they are as an individual.  Others may see different aspects of you as a person that you do not realize, that if known, could affect your self-image either positively or negatively.  Enlisting constructive feedback from peers can help to improve one’s self-image, if one considers it needing of improvement.  I have long said “Winning a battle of any sort is often won or lost in the mind first.”  If a person seems unable to generate positive mental perceptions of themselves then they need to surround themselves with supportive and positive people who can “kick-start” the process for them and mentor them (as I did with the Speechcraft Program) so they can be better than they originally perceive themselves to be.  Another one of my favorite sayings is, “The best investment you can make in this life is to invest yourself in the life of another.  This investment will pay not only in this life, but possibly in the life to come.” References: Crocker, J., & Wolfe, C. T. (2011).  Contingencies of self-worth.  Psychological Review, 108, 593-623. Myers, D. G. (1993).  Social psychology (4th ed).  New York:  McGraw-Hill