The looking glass self 1idea of others perception

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“The Looking Glass Self” 1.Idea of other’s perception 2.Idea of other’s judgment 3.Self feeling I think about how I appear to others I think of how they judge me I get an emotional reaction And then that shapes how I think of myself and how I behave Another Key Cooley Concept: “Primary Groups” Primary groups: family, neighborhood, your church (cooley didn’t name), friends (cooley named playground), school George Herbert Mead 1863-1931 What is the Social Basis of Individual Action? Mind Self and Society (assembled from his lectures by former students after his death) Trying to look at how the individual is shaped by the society Key Biographical Points 1. Religious background (like many US sociologists of that day) 2. Influenced by (and reacted to) both Cooley and Dewey 3. Taught at U/M, then Chicago 4. Writers block: never published Cooley and Dewey-at U of M-at one point all three of them were here
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Dewey: cooley and dewey found their wives in some secret society that liked reading russian-sanabar club? They invited them their and they both courted through that John Dewey: philosopher who looked at education and he went from here to the UChicago Key Ideas From the Reading 1. The social development of self (p. 195) 2. The Self as Object (p. 195) 3. The “I” and the “Me” (p. 197) 4. Even thinking is social (p.191-2) 5. I think before I act - Beyond Behaviorism and Structuralism (p. 187-9) SELF arises in the child’s social experience , using language & symbols 1. Imitation 2. Role play 3. Games 4. “Generalized Other” Your very identity is socially formed-your identity is shaped by your social experience- imitate others, role play (mommy and daddy), as you involve yourself in games-rules, roles, and then later on as you begin to be able to say heres how others in general began to perceive me They are always the way in which the self is formed in a social environment The Self as Object The SELF is reflexive : I can consider myself: look at myself as though I am an object. What I see when I view myself is adopted from the way others see me. (Cooley‘s “Looking Glass Self“) The “I“ and the “Me“ provide balance “I“ is the creative, impulsive part of Self that changes the world around. “Me“ is the judgmental, controlling part of self that has been imprinted by the world around. “I“ acts, “Me“ constrains. Me has been shaped by the outside world He divides the self up into the I and the me and he gets this from James-psycologist (B. William)
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Even Thinking Is Social We think using symbols, words, language We learn the meaning of symbols, words, and language from others. Therefore thinking is a socially trained skill Thinking is socially trained because it comes from other people (like Cooley believes) At this point-not different from cooley Think just like your mom-think just like my dad-I can see where my thinking was shaped from someone inside your family I Think before I Act Behaviorism (psych) – Individuals react to stimuli.
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