Four Part Identity

I have been reading for some time on both Sociology and Social Psychology and I have discovered one pattern in the research and theory that I have not seen drawn out of the material:  A four part identity.

There are two primary components of Social Psychology, the self and the group.  Both can be viewed in two ways:

  • In Self, how I see myself
  • Out Self, how others see myself
  • In Group, how I see my group
  • Out Group, how others see my group

These four perspectives compose knowledge and consequently identity.


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