17. In Carl Roger's humanistic theory, what is the self-concept? What are the ideal and actual selves?
self - concept all our thoughts and
feelings about ourselves, in answer to
the question, "Who am I?"
If our self - concept is positive, we tend to act and perceive the world
positively. If it is negative—if in our own eyes we fall far short of our ideal self—said Rogers,
we feel dissatisfied and unhappy. A worthwhile goal for therapists, parents, teachers, and
friends is therefore, he said, to help others know, accept, and be true to themselves.