At a Glance


  • Social sciences
  • Psychology

Instructional Level

  • College & CEGEP


  • Social Psychology

Tasks in Workflow

Social Plane(s)

  • Individual

Type of Tasks

  • Analyzing

Technical Details

Class size

  • Medium (50-99)


  • Single class period (< 90 mins)

Inclusivity & Accessibility

  • Variety of action & expression

Instructional Purpose

  • Exploration & inquiry


The aim of this activity is to explore the complex topic of self-concept in Social Psychology. By answering the question “Who Are You?” 20 times, students identify the various elements of one’s self-concept and classify them as either individualistic or collectivistic. They then compare their self-concept with that of a classmate and note similarities and differences. After that, students ask a close family member or a friend to assess the student’s self-concept and compare the two assessments (self- and other’s). Finally, students submit a written reflection on the entire process of self-concept investigation.

The idea was inspired (in part) by Daniel Goldsmith’s Who am I: (Mis)conceptions of Self activity.

Instructional Objectives

Students will be able to:
  • Identify the elements of their self-concept
  • Identify its individualistic & collectivistic elements
  • Compare their self-concept with that of a peer
  • Assess the difference between self- and social perception of one’s self-concept
  • Reflect on the process of self-concept investigation

Workflow & Materials


Activity Workflow

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Contributor's Notes

Maxim Salonine

Maxim Salonine

Vanier College, Montreal

  • Encourages introspection, an important soft skill
  • Encourages students to consider similarities and differences in how individuals view themselves
  • Promotes an understanding of different perceptions
  • Some students find it challenging to go beyond the most basic answers (e.g., “I am 18 years old.”)
  • Some students may find it intimidating to share their answers with a peer

Sharing teacher’s answers / thought process can make it easier for students to complete the self-assessment.

Applied Strategies


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