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The way in which a person perceives other human beings is a key element in determining his or her interactions with others (Alexander & Neimeyer, 1989); for educators, who frequently have major impacts on students and on the community at large, this perception of others is particularly important. This conceptualization of human nature is sometimes referred to as the individual's "personality construct", with the term "construct" implying "a complex image or idea formed from a number of simpler images or ideas" (Stein, 196 7, p. 314). An individual's image of others consists of, but is not limited to, his or her beliefs about such issues as (a) the relative importance of heredity versus environment, (b) whether there is peace or conflict in the psyche, and (c) the role of self concept in human nature (Corsini, 1984; Liebert & Spiegler, 1990; Prochaska & Norcross, 1994).

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

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Audrey L. Smith


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