Milton Cooley And George Herbert Mead 's Concept Of The Social Self

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1. Sociologist, Charles Horton Cooley and George Herbert Mead, had similar theories of one’s self. Cooley and Mead both believed that people develop their self-image with social interactions with other people. Cooley’s theory, known as the “looking glass self”, states that the way one views themselves comes from a combination of personality judgement and how we think others perceive us. Cooley believed that how we perceive ourselves comes from how we imagine others see us, not from who we really are. Mead 's concept of the social self is similar to Cooley’s. One’s self-image is obtained by observing and interacting with others, responding to other people’s opinions about oneself, and the opinions and feelings about oneself. According to Mead’s theory, one’s self- imagine and personality is developed from childhood and into adulthood from social interactions and experiences. In comparison to Cooley and Mead’s theories, Evring Goffman’s dramaturgical self theory is very similar as it also focuses on social interaction. In Goffman 's dramaturgical analysis of one’s self, it is believed that people in social interactions focus on avoiding embarrassment to themselves or embarrassing others. Goffman talks about the connection between the acts that people do during their daily life and the acts during a theatrical performance. Goffman theory discuses the actions that might take place in front of an “audience” such as during social interactions, and the actions of a person when they

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