Adam Lenz Black Hills State University Final Exam Essay 12/07/2017 Using the ideas of two theorists, explain how humans become human, how they develop a self, and why it is important to develop a self. Two theorists that come to mind when explaining how humans become human, are Erving Goffman (1922 - 1982) and George Herbert Mead (1863 - 1931). Both theorists had ideas about how humans develop of sense of self and explain why it is important to develop one. George Herbert Mead is one of the most important thinkers in the history of symbolic interactionism. In developing the self, Mead considered “the act” to be the most primitive unit within his theory. He mainly focused on the psychology portion of the stimulus and its response. Mead identified four basic stages within the act. The first stage is impulse. This involves an immediate sensuous stimulation and the actor’s (us) to respond and react to that stimulation. I great example of this would be hunger. Everyone needs to eat to survive. So, with the concept of impulse, the actor much react to either eating now or eating later. The second stage is perception.
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