In this essay, you are analyzing your self-concept based on the data you gathered in Part I. This must look like and read like an essay. You should include the following information:
- Were you surprised by any of the information that you discovered from your rankings? From the rankings of the others? Why or why not? Use specific examples.
- Select on item from your list that you believe is related to reflected appraisal**. Explain how that item is related to your self image, how it contributes to self-appraisal, and how it developed (e.g., who did the reflected appraisal come from? One person? Several people? What was that person a significant other?), giving specific examples.
- Select one item from your list that you believe developed because of social comparison. Social comparison happens when you select a reference group (e.g., your first grade classmates) and compare yourself to them. Explain how the item you selected is connected to social comparisons, giving specific examples.
- What insight to yourself did you gain through this assignment?
This reaction essay must be a minimum of one full page. You should include more detail than just answering the questions above (e.g., “No, I wasn’t surprised” will not suffice as an answer to the first item.) This essay should follow the standard mechanics of a college essay.