George Herbert Mead's Theory Of The Social Self

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How do we act as a human being in the society? Everyone plays differents roles and act differently to promote or we can say protect ourselves. We can tell that the whole society is a stage and everyone's an actor plays differently in the front stage. George Herbert Mead, a sociologist from the late 1800s, is well known for his theory of the social self, which includes the concepts of 'self,' 'me,' and 'I.' No matter what kind of environment, people always bring a "mask" for themselves to realize their wishes and become part of a group. According to Erving Goffman's play theory, the active and knowledgeable person can guide and control how others see themselves. In other words, these people are their own products. Their performance in social …show more content…
Mead's 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 others' opinions about oneself, and internalizing external opinions and internal feelings about oneself. The social aspect of self is an important distinction because other sociologists and psychologists of Mead's time felt that the self was based on biological factors and inherited traits. According to Mead, the self is not there from birth, but it is developed over time from social experiences and activities. Language develops self by allowing individuals to respond to each other through symbols, gestures, words, and sounds. Language conveys others' attitudes and opinions toward a subject or the person. Emotions, such as anger, happiness, and confusion, are conveyed through language. In the movie, “Catch Me If You Can”, Frank Abagnale Jr. used his talent of language made him achieve “the youngest criminal of FBI”. From the beginning, Frank was a shy boy and live under his father’s educated. From used his father’s word we can tell that. “Two little mice fell in a bucket of cream. The first mouse quickly gave up and drowned. The second mouse, wouldn't quit. He struggled so hard that eventually he churned that cream into butter and crawled out. Gentlemen, as of this moment, I am that second mouse.” (Catch Me If You Can, 2002) Both Franks said this quote in the movie, they used language showed that how does their “me” and “I” look like. He played as a pilot, lawyer, doctor, teacher, journalist and Lutheran…… Obviously, the successed Frank made is by his words. He persuaded everybody to believe he really did that job. Each time he got into a brand new job area, he barely knew anything. But he used language play so many roles in the front stage, acted differently, had a mask on his

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