Group SocializationSociology 2019Professor Damian WilliamsJose Mercado1 July 2019
Mercado 1A reference group consists of individuals who do not take the role of one, but several “generalized others” to define and direct themselves and behavior. That is, people participate in several groups whose perspective they use to organize their thoughts, actions, and self-images (Sandstrom, 106). In other words, an individual will take on various roles that they learn or observe from other people depending on the group of people they are with or surrounded by. For me personally, I would base a lot of my actions and behaviors according to what I see in my baseball teammates and baseball coaches. The baseball team would be considered my reference group in which I believed to have acquired most of my behavioral standards. The three standards that I base my thoughts, actions, and self-image are my physical appearance, development of relationships, and mindset for life motivation. My physical appearance was one of the biggest behavioral standards copied from my teammates. A typical outfit for the day consists of a t-shirt, gym shorts, mid calf socks, and tennis shoes or slides. Most importantly, I have developed a needand want for only name-brand articles of clothing. The second standard I took the role of is how to develop relationships between other teammates, classmates, and a significant other. Listening to their lifestyle on how to create and maintain great friendships rubbed off on my way of thinking and acting towards others. For example, I learned that I should go through a “talking” stage with a girl in order to get to know them better before deciding to grow our relationship. Lastly, I have developed a mindset on how to look at life and motivate myself through that. My coaches, to me, were great men in which not only coached us for baseball, but also for life. A lot of my thoughts and views on life grew as a result of listening and watching them speak to the team. As they continued to remind us and prove to us that as a team member, we need to focus on our jobs and responsibilities and trust that the rest of the team will do the same. This was one of the best behavioral standards I could have adopted as well as the mindset of always striving to
Mercado 2be the best, but never thinking that you are the best. Through Cooley’s method of the “Looking Glass Self”, I have learned how I went through the socialization process in order to become a member of this reference group known to others as the Baseball Team.