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Running head: BULLYING AND CHANGE1Bullying and ChangeJeremy BarberioSOC 312: Child, Family, & SocietyInstructor Denise Orpustan-LoveOctober 6th2015
BULLYING2Bullying and ChangeAntonio longs to change his ways, and to no longer bully others. Antonio’s “looking glass self” has been truly shaped by agents of socialization. The agents of socialization are others, such as peers, parents, teachers, and siblings. The “looking glass self” is the self-concept that an individual holds, based on how the individual believes they are perceived (Cook & Douglas, 1998). Antonio’s “looking glass self” reflects a bully who is undesirable to be around. The reflections mirror the perceptions which others have of him, which he now recognizes as unacceptable behavior. Antonio’s sense of culpability is directly impacted by his “looking glass self”, as it wouldbe difficult to justify these types of behaviors. Now that Antonio sees himself as others see him, this revelation likely makes it difficult to justify his treatment of others. His sense of accountability has allowed him to understand that he must change his behavior, in order to establish meaningful relationships with peers. From his writing, Antonio appears to be determined to change his behavior, and therefore his life (Cook & Douglas, 1998).As Antonio’s teacher, I would develop and implement a plan to support his change. Support from the entire classroom will be required to effectively promote, and support socially acceptable behavior, and prevent future bullying.