Charles Horton Cooley 's Concept Of The Looking Glass ' Self

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In 1902, Charles Horton Cooley fashioned the concept of the looking-glass ‘self,’ this concept was researched to learn how identity is shaped. The authors concluded that people shape their identity based on the perception of how they think others view them. Three ideas comprise the looking-glass ‘self’: First, we see in our mind’s eye how we appear to others, second we imagine their judgment of how we appear to them, and third we develop our ‘self’ (our own identity) receiving the judgments from others (Isaksen, 2013) Both men developed sociological perspectives that centers around the elements of the ‘self’ and society, and the works of both men were incorporated into the concept of
Symbolic Interactionism, this could possibly be the reason they were both considered Symbolic Interactionists (Hunt, 200-2015, para. 2-5). Compare and contrast Cooley believes the mind 's mental capability is a direct outcome of human social interaction. From birth, humans begin to identify themselves within the environment of their social world. The child learns that the symbol of his/her crying will bring a response from his/her parents, in the time of need for food and water, but also is used as a symbol to receive their attention for other matters. George Herbert Mead described the ‘self’ as taking on the role of the other person. As the self interacts with others the self begins to mature and develop an identity, who we are, ‘me’ as well as our feeling, ‘I’ for and about…
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