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Fernandez 1Darian FernandezLisa J. Mclntyre Sociology 101 – Section 13September 8, 2017The Sociological Imagination “According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 350 million people worldwide suf-fer from depression” (Pietrangelo). Depression is a mental disability that leaves one feeling vul-nerable, nervous or hopeless. There are various reasons as to why depression can be triggered, one being the concept of individualism. Individualism is a sociological term defined as “an idea that in life people pursue their own ends, that people follow their own ideas” (Mclntyre, p. 29). In other words, it is someone who believes that they are in control of their own fate. In this state of mind, those going through hardship are only able to perceive things from a personal stance. Thus, making it difficult to view the situation from a larger perspective. When a dilemma occurs within a person’s life, they assume that the negative outcome is due to a characteristic flaw, such as the inability to make good judgment. Which then causes the individuals self-esteem to drop. So, how can a person change their individualistic perspective? One must mentally shift to a higher standpoint. This is known as sociological imagination. In 1959 American sociologist, C. Wright Mills, created the term which enhanced the studies of everyday life. What does it mean tohave sociological imagination? According to Mills, “the key to sociological imagination was the

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