TSEL Chapter 5: Becoming HumanJanuary 25I.Introa.The box experiment- raising one identical twin in a box with no human contact and the other normally will produce obvious differences, proving that social interaction mattersb.Without social life, no potential would develop; with a different social life, different potentials would be developed. Everyone has more potentials than will be realized.II.Gathering Meaningsa.Taking on Identitiesa.i.We learn to define ourselves using terms available in our culture, taught to us by social interaction, and thereby gain a sense of who we area.ii.Identities are public meanings that determine how people treat each other and locate them relative to each otherb.Languageb.i.Acquiring language allows us to become self-aware and function in the social worldb.ii.Learning one’s name is the first step to becoming a fully realized human beingIII. Regulating Ourselvesa.If you are attached to some identities because you/others value them highly and
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social world, II. Gathering Meanings, different social life