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Final Study Guide - Readings and Lectures

Final Study Guide - Readings and Lectures - Adler Adler The...

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Adler & Adler: “The Glorified Self: The Aggrandizement and the Construction of the Self” This paper is to describe the previously unarticulated form of self-identity: the “glorified” which arises when individuals become the focus of intense interpersonal and media attention, leading to their achieving celebrity There is a dynamic contradiction between the internal and external pressures become resolved (highlights the ascendance of an unintended self-identity in the face of considerable resistance) glorified self: a greedy self, seeking to ascend in importance and to cast aside other dimensions that as it grows individuals become embroiled in inner conflict between their desire for recognition, flattery...etc.. and the inclination to keep feeding these elements and the socialization to fight them I. Settings and Methods Five year period, talked to assistant coach, coach’s wife, and players medium (6,000) private university in mid-south, mostly white, suburban middle class student population top 40 NCAA I schools, 70% black players The Experience of Glory A. The Reflected Self As a result to the face-to-face interaction, they began experiencing the Cooley “looking glass” self, where team members form selves that are a combination of cognitive and affective forces, although individuals react intellectually to the impressions they perceive others forming about them, they develop emotional reactions about these judgments team members perceived how people treated them; subsequently they formed reactions to that treatment they were very sought out by strangers, treated with respect   and awe (but these interactions carried a lot of stylized but empty words they experienced the “Midas touch” where they spoke to the boosters, thought that everybody wanted to talk to them and they had fame that everybody wanted B. The Media Self Media Self: They were in a state of “public self-consciousness” in which the self comes to be perceived as a social actor who serves as a stimulus for other’s behavior the good boys were expected to be the good boys, charismatic selves, etc. Interesting: The more they interacted with people through their dramaturgical induced selves the more they became comfortable with those selves Behavior turned from role playing into role making Self-Aggrandizement There was a new self added to their repertoire: a glorified self Although they wanted to bask in the glory, they felt hesitant and guilty They struggled wit8h factors inhibiting their self aggrandizement and it shows us how they ultimately developed glorified selves
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A. Inhibiting Factors Norms in society dictate a more modest, more self effacing stance, and players worked hard to suppress their feelings of self-aggrandizement they drew on their own feelings of fear and insecurity they tried to discount the flattery of others as exaggerated or false the athlete’s feelings of superiority were constrained by the actions of the coach
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