George Herbert Mead's Concept Of The Self

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George Herbert Mead focused on the idea of the self. He breaks the self down into two main sections, the “me” and the “I”. The two go hand-in-hand with each other. Applerouth and Edles (2012) explains the “me” as “a sense of who we are that is created, sustained, and modified throughout interaction with others.” (308). In this sense it is the person you are once you take into account what others will think about you. The best way to understand Mead’s concept of the “I” is best described by Applerouth and Edles (2012) when stated, “The ‘I’ reacts or answers to the ‘me,’ the phase of the self that one is conscious of.” (Applerouth and Edles 2012: 308). Thinking through the “me” is a daily act that all of us participate in, from picking out clothes, to deciding where we want to eat dinner, we go through scenarios about what others will think, and how this will affect us. The “I” is less predictable than the “me”, we can try to plan out our actions, but responses are in the moment interaction with others, which are far harder to anticipate. While they both play a role in who we are today, I focused on Mead’s idea of the “me” in relation to reasons why there is gender inequality in STEM fields. As stated before the “me” has a huge influential power over our lives. Mead explains the “me” using a basketball example, there is a boy who has the ball and he sees his teammates waiting for him to pass the ball, the boy knows the expectations his teammates have for him (Mead 1934:

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