Unformatted text preview: fool of myself in front of people. Because she is the one who told me to always take a light attitude towards life, and to look on the bright side. The thought of her ringing, soothing voice helps a lot in driving away awkwardness and other bad feelings. Besides, whenever a funny but absurd idea pops into my mind, I tend to vividly envision her commenting on them, which would trigger waves of laughter. From my perspective, imaginary conversations with Dad usually center on making decisions in life, with he being objective and educative, pushing me to the right path. While with Carol, I can always expect some fun from the two of us—or one. Social ghosts like these exist because they carry weight in our mind, and we value such weight. Social ghosts also help define ‘self’. Humans are, after all, social animals. Without others, who knows how poorly we could behave?...
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- Winter '12
- Thought, Social Ghosts, Carol Ye, Mary Gergen