Self-Concept Investigation: Demystification Process

Self-Concept Investigation: Demystification Process 17 SELF-CONCEPT INVESTIGATION: DEMYSTIFICATION PROCESS† René L'Ecuyer INTRODUCTION The main purpose of this paper is to question the generally admitted hypothesis of the psychologist's objectivity as a re- searcher. 1 The examples will be taken in the area of the methods of investigating the self-concept. We will study how we can distort reality to remain sure that there is only one person which can be objective into an experimental setting: the psy- chologist himself. To attain this goal, the discussion will bear on the following issues: the definition of the concept of self; the definition of the two main methods of measuring the self; the analysis of the objections given to the results obtained from autodescriptive methods; and finally we shall question ourselves to know how techniques of inference (that is the psychologist himself) really escape from the same difficulties. We will try in conclusion to clarify the concept of self and to bring some precisions on the 18 real areas of the self measured by these two kinds of approaches. DEFINITION OF THE SELF-CONCEPT The generally accepted definition of the self is the way a person perceives HIMSELF. Every researcher, no matter the method of measurement he http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Phenomenological Psychology Brill

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© 1975 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0047-2662
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1569-1624
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10.1163/156916275X00125
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17 SELF-CONCEPT INVESTIGATION: DEMYSTIFICATION PROCESS† René L'Ecuyer INTRODUCTION The main purpose of this paper is to question the generally admitted hypothesis of the psychologist's objectivity as a re- searcher. 1 The examples will be taken in the area of the methods of investigating the self-concept. We will study how we can distort reality to remain sure that there is only one person which can be objective into an experimental setting: the psy- chologist himself. To attain this goal, the discussion will bear on the following issues: the definition of the concept of self; the definition of the two main methods of measuring the self; the analysis of the objections given to the results obtained from autodescriptive methods; and finally we shall question ourselves to know how techniques of inference (that is the psychologist himself) really escape from the same difficulties. We will try in conclusion to clarify the concept of self and to bring some precisions on the 18 real areas of the self measured by these two kinds of approaches. DEFINITION OF THE SELF-CONCEPT The generally accepted definition of the self is the way a person perceives HIMSELF. Every researcher, no matter the method of measurement he

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Journal of Phenomenological PsychologyBrill

Published: Jan 1, 1975

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