Sociological Imagination Research Paper

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Learning about Sociological Imagination has been thought provoking to say the least. Here is this intangible thing that connects people by way of shared experience. Sam Richards talked about suicide in his Ted Talk, and how through the Sociological Imagination, there is the potential to experience relief or support in stressful times through the understanding that we are not alone in our experiences, however personal we may feel them to be. This intangible thing has the ability to actually produce change as a byproduct of its very existence, of which we consciously imagine! I have always relied heavily on Sociological Imagination as a tool to overcome insecurity, instill confidence and nurture a positive emotional perspective of gratitude. …show more content…
For example: when someone holds a position of raised social status or influence over my own because of occupation, wealth or political reasons, I can dispel any influence of automatic social authority that people in these positions have over me by imagining them sharing in the same mundane and personal experiences that I partake in. For me, this makes the other person more of my equal. It might not be that way in society, but that’s what it feels like to me. I do this because I have a habit of putting everyone on common ground (with all due respect to everyone). I’m not saying that these behaviors of mine are healthy, (obviously I have an issue with authority figures), these are just some of the ways that I see Sociological Imagination involved in my …show more content…
Starving children, war torn countries, and all of the horrible evils of human suffering. I really, really try to imagine myself going through those situations. I try to feel the experience of these other people. I know that I will never truly feel what they are feeling, but I try. It puts things into a different perspective, taking the emotional investment out of my problems. My problems might still be there, but they are byproducts of my own choices, and I can reserve my emotional investment to something more

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