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Jason Souder Comm. 1250 Mead’s Looking- Glass Self George Herbert Mead denies strongly that we can gain a glimpse of whom we are from within ourselves. The excerpt given from Glynka is a good example of the looking- glass self. It explains how a young woman is socially accepted merely by the class-ring that she wears. It goes on to say that the bigger the ring, the more popular. If a girl proudly wears a Senior’s ring, and that Seniors just happens to be a football player, then it is all the better. This idea is exactly what Mead is talking about with his looking- glass self theory. The process is: A young girl will look at her peers and base her own social status on how she compares to them. It is really all about self-concept, relative to your peers or who you strive to be. From this excerpt you can tell that a young girl does not go
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Unformatted text preview: to great lengths to satisfy her needs but she seems willing to do whatever it takes to gain importance in the eyes of others. There are two parts to Mead’s theory. There is the “I” and the “me.” The “I” is the impulsive, compelling force that fosters all that is not predictable. The “me” is shown by other people’s reactions to what is occurring. This is shown in Glynka’s excerpt because once a young girl has achieved status of popularity, and then she becomes the object of her peer’s affection. Mead has a very accurate perception of how people view themselves, and that is somewhat paradox because truly it is not at all about how people view themselves, it is how people are viewed by others that judges who we are....
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