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Andorosie BatticeAC1604572SO115D – Essentials of SociologyAssignment # 04 September 25, 2018
Humans are born with the ability to develop a self, but this self must be a socially constructed through social interaction. Socialization is initiated at birth, it prolongs throughout the life course; at each stage the person must regulate to a new set of social expectations and it also controls how we express our emotions and what emotions we feel. Charles H. Cooley, George H. Mead, Jean Piaget, Sigmund Freud and Lawrence Kohlberg provided insights into the social development of human beings. This trio presented the most useful insights into the development of self, Charles H. Cooley, George H. Mead, and Jean Piaget definitions and explanations of socialization and self. Focusing exclusively at most useful insights, this essay will incorporate the comparison on insights in socialization of all five theorists.People are not born with an intrinsic knowledge of themselves or others. As the theoretical insights of Charles H. Cooley, George H. Mead, and Jean Piaget demonstrated, through social observation and interaction people develop reasoning skills, morality, personality, and a sense of self. Piaget detailed four stages by which children typically develop the ability to reason: the sensor motor stage (from birth to about age two), the preoperational stage (from about age two to age seven), the concrete operational stage (from about age seven to age twelve),and the formal operational stage (after the age of about twelve), through observation of and experiments with young children. With Cooley’s insights into looking-glass self and Mead’s