with regard to analyses of self-concept, a cognitive symbolization of a group of traits which one is obligated to have in accordance with cultural standards or one's private responsibilities.

OUGHT SELF: "The ought self is different from the ideal self, the latter of which is sometimes viewed as being unattainable while the ought self is thought to be necessary."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "OUGHT SELF," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/ought-self/ (accessed October 18, 2021).