The ‘I’ and the ‘me’ are theories Mead explains. The terms refer to the psychology of the individual. In Mead’s understanding, the ‘me’ is the socialized aspect of the person. It is what is learned in interaction with others and with the environment. This includes knowledge about who he or she is and his or her ‘sense of self’, based on the responses one receives from other people. If others respond to the person as a woman, the person develops a sense of herself as a woman.
The ‘I’ is the creative and active aspect of the person. The ‘I’ acts creatively, though within the context of the ‘me’. Mead notes that it is only after we act or speak that we know what we were going to do or say. Overall, the ‘I’ and the ‘me’ form the person or the ‘self’, in Mead’s social philosophy. To basically break it down, the “I”-is subjective, imaginative and creative. The “Me” is objective, the part that is largely formed through reaction to others. The concept of “me” enables the individual to regulate the behavior of “I”.