Deutsch: Kategorisches Selbst / Spanish: Yo Categórico / Portuguese: Eu Categórico / French: Soi Catégorique / Italian: Sé Categorico /
The Categorical self refers to the ability of individuals to define themselves and others based on various categories, such as age, gender, race, occupation, and so on. It is a concept in developmental psychology that explains how children begin to understand and categorize themselves and others based on these characteristics. As individuals mature, their self-concept becomes more complex, and they begin to incorporate personality traits and other internal factors into their self-definition.
Examples of the Categorical self in action include a child identifying themselves as a boy or girl based on their biological sex, a teenager defining themselves by their interests and hobbies, and an adult defining themselves by their profession or relationships. In addition, individuals may use their own categories to describe others, such as labeling someone as "smart" or "funny" based on their own perceptions.
Similar concepts to the Categorical self in psychology include: