SS Paper 4 - Page |1 Megan Kellen SOC 351 Social Psychology...

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P a g e | 1 Megan Kellen SOC 351 – Social Psychology Summary/Synthesis Paper #3 – October 10 th , 2007 Formation of Self Through Social Interaction The first reading in this section is The Presentation of Self by Erving Goffman. His approach to the construction of self during social interaction is seen as dramatic, in the theater sense. In social interaction, everyone has a unique part that they play during different scenes. “Every time individuals interact with one another, they enact a self, influencing others’ definition of them and of the situation” (Cahill 2007:110). They use this definition of self to guide their interaction. Goffman’s theory is also relative in the way that human’s cannot read minds or feelings of other humans so we can never know another’s true self. We believe that what we see other people do or say, makes who they are. Physical characteristics are part of how we define ourselves. Race, clothing, age, etc. present a picture of what we can afford and where we’ve been. Before we even interact with someone, we develop perceptions of how they may interact. In the second reading Cyberspace and Cyberselves , Dennis D. Waskul explores how things have changed now with computer technology. In Waskul’s observations, he was able to find that “computer-mediated
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This note was uploaded on 04/30/2008 for the course SOC 351 taught by Professor Hunter during the Spring '08 term at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

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