A person's self-concept may change with time as reassessment occurs, which in extreme cases can lead to identity crises.
According to Rogers, everyone strives to reach an "ideal self".
Rogers also hypothesized that psychologically healthy people actively move away from roles created by others' expectations, and instead look within themselves for validation.
While this represents the beginnings of self-concept, others suggest that self-concept develops later, around age 7 or 8.
At this point, children are developmentally prepared to interpret their own feelings and abilities, as well as receive and consider feedback from peers, teachers, and family.