The Social Discovery

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  • How Do We Come to Know the Social-Self?Leave your thoughts with one of our waiters!
  • Social Self
  • Sure! We can talk about Impression Management and some of its strategies as well.
  • Haha...I definitely know what that is.
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  • 2.Impression Management could be defined as“efforts by individuals to produce favourable first impressions of others.” (UWIOC, 2019, p. 31)It could be further understood that Impression Management aims at maintaining this created image. It can be factored by two terms. Impression management of individuals of high self esteem and individuals of low self-esteem.
  • 1.How do you not know what Impression Management is?We do it all the time!
  • It is understood that individuals of a higher self-esteem tend to portray themselves in a manner where they come across as conceited.  (UWIOC, 2019, p. 21)   Even here at work, some of my co-workers  try very hard to impress our boss. One even volunteered to work overtime for the week.  It turns out he did that just to get a raise! I even read a similar case-study in an article (Bolino, Daniels, Klotz, 2014, p. 1).
  •  Oh! Are you saying that we all try to portray ourselves in the best way possible? For example, how people dress to go to work or even change the way we speak when we are around a certain group of people?
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  • Do people get tired?How do they manage these impressions all the time?
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  • Well, sometimes it is a subconscious effort. Think about it. During this semester at Havard, what was it like being around your classmates?
  • Well, the students at Harvard are really smart and most of them come from rich families. I know that I am paying for university via a loan, but I did not want anyone to know that. So, I only told them about scoring 1560/1600 on my SATs and that my dad owns His own company. Well...Mechanic Company.
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  • That is a perfect example! This is what we refer to as Self-Promotion, and it is one of the many strategies used to manage impressions. You wanted your classmates to only know about your positive qualities, so you only told them about that.
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  • Could another example be how we present ourselves on Facebook?
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  • That is right! Believe it or not, we also manage our impressions  by Presentation.  (Baron et. al., 2009, p. 135-139) highlights that individuals tend to become “actors” when the receiving audience or environment are present. With using your example of Facebook, some people tend to post pictures in clothes that they may not even like. Mostly to be presented in a way that is socially acceptable by their peers. 
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