Tuesday, December 12, 2006

the game (Sociology study notes)

hey steve this is for you

"I imagine your mind, and especially what your mind thinks about my mind, and what your mind thinks about what my mind thinks about your mind. I dress my mind before yours and expect that you will dress yours before mine. Whoever cannot or will not perform these feats is not properly in the game." --- Charles Horton Cooley, 1902

Cooley was a sociologist who was concerned with socialization and the self. his main theory was called the looking glass self. he figured the self developed as the individual concerns himself with how he wanted others to see him. he saw our socialization as performance. anyhoooooo i just thought you might dig the quote but figured I should give you some background. that's all.


Sj said...

"he saw our socialization as performance."

Well as much as I didn't want to accept that at first.. we feel someone is "odd" when they don't pick up the cues that they are performing..off. Maybe before we go to a party or something we should tell each 'actor' to 'break a leg'?

It's still true even if we don't want someone just like us or who plays the bad version of 'the game'. We still need them to pick up cues. (Like if we give them that 'raised eyebrow' look of warning and instead of thinking they just ask "What?" in front of everyone...sigh)

kristin said...

shhhh.... dude, not in front of... quiet!!! omg never mind... thanks...

like that you mean???

Sj said...