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Every situation that an individual is exposed to throughout life, helps mold our "self

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Introduction

Every situation that an individual is exposed to throughout life, helps mold our "self." As humans we have the ability to see ourselves from the outside, and all through life we try to see what others see and our "self" revolves around the generalized other. We observe how others perceive us and we make conclusions depending on our observations. How we act around others depends on the image we feel they have towards us. Charles Horton Cooley, a symbolic interactionist, concluded that our sense of "self" develops from interactions with others. Cooley described this process as the looking -glass self. The looking- glass self consisted of three elements. We first imagine how we appear to those around us. ...read more.

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The reflection we see in the mirror is either negative or positive depending on the feedback we get back from those around us. Misjudgments of the reactions of others become part of our "self" concept also the misinterpretations of how others think of us. Self concepts begins in childhood but it continues to develop throughout life. As we observe how other people react to us, we modify our "self." The "self" is never a finished project, and it continues to change as our life takes different turns. Our "self" reacts to the environment that we are in. As the "self" expands we put together the different reactions making us a unique individual. Every individual has a different way of thinking and therefore they make their own choices about certain situations. ...read more.

Conclusion

There are times when we might try to fit in to a crowd were our "self" those not meet there qualifications and we focus on the generalized other. The way society expects an individual to be, also tends to bring about change in a person's self over the course of time. Society sets standards and as individuals we tend to form ideas about the way others see us. The "self" is something that never stops expanding. Change is inevitable, since we must accommodate to our environment. Our "self" is build by the interactions we have with others, therefore the reactions that we obtain from those around us are very important. This reactions can create either a positive or negative reflection that will influence the way we feel about ourselves and even some of the choices we make in life. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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