"Self-perception" refers to the way in which people come to understand their own attitudes and beliefs based on their behavior in given situations. It is effectively a model of oneself from the perspective of an outside observer.Continue Reading
For instance, according to self-perception theorist William James in 1884, outward behaviors such as frowning or sitting slumped in a chair come before the inward feeling they are supposed to represent. They inform the individual of their own emotions.
As such, one of the key implications of self-perception theory is that attitudes or emotions can be altered by changing behavior. That said, there is some variance in how strongly people are influenced by their own behaviors.Learn more about Psychology