Self-Image and Significant Others Essay by Paramount

Self-Image and Significant Others
A discussion of self-image and the role that significant others have on its development.
# 9894 | 840 words | 3 sources | 2002 | US
Published on Jan 30, 2003 in Sociology (Theory) , Psychology (Theory)

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This paper discusses the development of self-image. It argues the point that self-image is a result of a combination of natural temperament and input from significant others, individuals close to a person that significantly influence their development. The theories of sociologists Charles Cooley and George Mead are explored. The author uses his personal history to illustrate the points laid out in this paper.

From the Paper:

"For example, everybody has an inherited temperament. (Barrat, 1991) Combined with various life experiences, this inherited temperament makes up our personality. Some people are naturally shy and quiet; others may be loud or outgoing. It is possible to change outward behaviors and people can learn to be more outgoing or reserved. However, while the outward behavior may change, the inward temperament usually does not. Therefore, someone who has learned to overcome shyness on the outside may still be inwardly introverted.
A person's self-image is made up of natural temperament and input from significant others, which may include teachers, friends, boyfriends, parents, enemies, and more. Sociologists Charles Cooley and George Mead have created some important theories on how the self is shaped and developed by significant others."

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