In Meads Mind, Self, and Society I came across the three main themes of mind, symbols and language, and meaning. According to Mead, mind is what allows for the conscious control of actions. Symbols and language identify objects to establish our behavior. What he means is that thinking is carried out by symbols that stand for the meanings of things in our minds. The presence of meanings of symbols or events makes it possible for us to respond to things.
Mead believes that in order to make intentions known so that you could attain your desired reactions with the use of a language. Language is formed by significant symbols, which are words and signals that have the same meaning according to all those involved. This way the person who starts the gesture is understood by the person or people he is talking to.
Meads Mind, Self, and Society is essential because it is the basis for understanding peoples interactions and society as a whole. All these aspects of communication are so engrained in our minds that we don’t stop to think about any of it. But once focused on the way individuals act it is fascinating to learn about how our minds work to integrate us into society.