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Any mental structure representing knowledge about oneself on a particular dimension or in a particular domain. A person who has a well-developed self-image in a particular area—for example, a person with a strong self-image of being truthful—is said to be self-schematic on that dimension, and such a person is likely to form self-judgements more rapidly and more confidently about information relevant to the self-schema than is a person who is not self-schematic in that area. See also cognitive therapy, depressive realism, schema.

Subjects: Psychology.

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