The Theory Of The Social Self

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Meads theory of the social self is based on the perspective that the self emerges from social interactions, such as observing and interacting with others, responding to other’s opinions about one self, and internalizing external opinions and internal feelings about one self. According to Mead, the self is not there from birth or biologically as other sociologists once believed, but it is developed over time from social experiences and activities. He dives three important activities that develop the self which are, language, game and play. Mead also believes that the self has two sides or faces, the me (who represents the learned societal behaviors and expectations) and the I (who represents the individual’s identity based on the response to the societal behavior and expectations), make and balance the self.
As mentioned in the Mead article of Self and Society, the conversation of gestures is the beginning of communication. When someone’s gestures and expressions are sad, mad, or angry, the simple look of their gestures causes an effect. The self originally had this in mind, and utilizes the linguistic communication to carry on the intended feeling to others.
When we see TV commercials of poor kids from Africa, or low-income communities, their expressions affect others by seeing their grief, sadness and need for help. The gestures that the self uses as a communication tool it’s of tremendous importance when sending a message to others, as they can see the internal feeling…

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