Social Interaction And Impression Management

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In the process of emphasizing the centrality of avoiding embarrassment as a guide for social interaction, Goffman dismisses the analysis of emotion and feelings involved at an internal level. A fact touched on by author Arlie Hochschild(1979), who uses an interactionist perspective to explain that focusing on external impressions, such as body demeanor and appearances takes away from inner reactions at a deeper level. Here direct management of feelings challenges the concept of acting. Therefore, while we do ultimately react in accordance to our roles and do so with poise, how we manage to control the self to do this is followed by our feelings, which is an internal reaction. Hochschild’s(1983),work in The Managed Heart: Commercialization of Human Feeling discusses what she considers is key in understanding social interaction and impression management. Taking from Konstantin Stanislavski 's concept of 'method acting ', Hochschild forms the concept of 'deep acting '. She illustrates the concept of impression management through 'deep acting’ that is different from Goffman 's notion of acting. In deep acting, the individual can manage their impression on others by managing how they feel. Here the actor has transpired into the character to a level where they are no longer acting but reacting to their surroundings. In deep acting, the individual relies on their demeanor to act a certain way in a given situation. She explains this process as relying on past experiences and our
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