The Development Of Self By Charles Horton Cooley 's Theory Essay

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In this chapter we learned about the role society plays in developing the people we become. Particularly, in the discussion of the development of self. Self is defined as our internalized view of how others perceive us. Basically, it is how we see ourselves “from the outside” or from another person’s perspective.
Three of the most notable theories about the development of self are by well-known sociologists. Two were symbolic interactionist yet they had different theories on how one’s self is developed. In Charles Horton Cooley’s theory, he claims that the self is developed from our interaction with others and that its development is society’s role in making us human. To explain this process, he invented the term “looking glass self”. In this process of three stages, Cooley suggests that we imagine how we appear to those around us, interpret their reactions and come to a conclusion about how they perceive us, then we develop a self-concept based on how others react to us. He explains that ultimately, the sense of self is an ever-changing entity which is never quite finished. Cooley’s theory also allows for the misperception of other peoples’ conceptions of us to become part of our sense of self.
George Herbert Mead’s theory involved learning to take the role of the other. By taking the role of the other, Mead refers to the understanding of how someone else feels or thinks in order to predict how they will react. Mead stressed that this is attained from children playing…

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