There are different ways on how to examine ourselves, it would either be medically, socially, emotionally, and or psychologically. But I'm only going to focus on this psychological part. We examine ourselves in order for us to fit in on different category of society or even just to ourselves, so we know how we can cope on to different emotional stressing situations or how we perceive such situations and how we might react to it. We also examine our strengths and weaknesses, and this is for a person to know his potential in achieving goals.
How do we examine ourselves?.
First off, people tend to look around their surroundings and see if they are able to adjust into such environments that maybe be positive or negative to them. The positive side is how one sees the goodness of oneself in the certain environment and the negative side means the negativity of how one sees themselves in an environment. An example of the positive side is how one works and cooperates with his surroundings. In contrast, the negative side shows off a feeling of inferiority towards the people around him or mainly shows signs of being intimidated. This concludes whether a person can easily adapt to an environmental change or not. Second, we seek attention from our peers, or family members to check if ones assumptions or self-examinations are correct. People who do this tend to be perceived as someone with a behavior of being egocentric or self-centered to other people. But this is not the case. Lastly, we check our own selves and see what we can achieve and how we manage to achieve our goals. In order for us to do that, we validate ourselves through the first and second step on how we examine ourselves.
This theory is mostly based on the ego because it gives fulfillment to an individual once they hear something he or she wants to hear. Thus, the word egocentric is being mentioned in this theory because it simply means thinking only of oneself, without regard for the feelings or desires of others, or also known as self-centered.