Self-conceptalso referred to as among others self-identity or self-perception canbe defined as an amalgamation of beliefs that a person has aboutthemselves. These beliefs would include where a person place theiracademic excellence, sexuality, and their gender roles. In anutshell, the self-concept discipline as a social science deals withaspects that try to answer the question “who am i?” it is a lifeconcept that defines an individual indicating their past, the presentand future selves. In terms of the future, self-concept representsthe indented state by an individual even if they were afraid ofattaining the same in the past. People are much interested in theirpositive selves, and that is why it is common to hear them claimingthat they are better at the present than they were in the past. It isalso common to hear people talking of a brighter future for one-self.Self-concept defines a person and accepting oneself helps innurturing behaviors and achieving that intended bright future.
Self-awareness,on the other hand, is a related concept that refers to the quality ofpeople to recognize their thought about themselves and recognizeoneself as a different person from the environment and other peoplein general. It is the understanding of oneself and how thatunderstanding aid in the development and management of attitudes andvarious dispositions. Various techniques can help one to beself-aware but self-concept in an individual internal factor. Forinstance, when a person knows that they are good in cooking, that isbecause they have a self-concept of themselves, but, when theyrecognize that whenever they cook they are always happy, that is nowa concept of self-awareness. Self-awareness leads toself-consciousness (Kolak & Martin, 2007).
Kolak,D., & Martin, R. (2007). Selfand identity: Contemporary philosophical issues.New York: Macmillan Pub.