blog #3-Mind, Self, and Society

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.

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3 responses to “blog #3-Mind, Self, and Society

  1. I really like the post by this blogger when it came to explaining Mead’s “mind, self, and society”. The blogger states that “Meads mind, self, and society is essential because it is bias for understanding peoples interactions and society as a whole”. I agree with this statement and feel that it is important to learn how all our minds work to integrate us into modern day society

  2. marisolguzman

    you definitely understand the theories that Mead was trying to imply about symbolic interactionism. Symbolic interactionism emphasizes that interaction between human beings occurs through symbols and the interpretation of meanings. We definitely have experienced this.

  3. i really like Meads theory about mind, self and society. And i think that is honestly the best way that people express who they are in society today. Acting the way you do and the decisions you make define who you are as a person and that defines whether you are a good or bad person in societys eyes.

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