In the Introduction to “Self” mead discus’s the concepts of the “I”, “me”, and the “generalized other”, and their conceptualization of self-consciousness. Mead thinks that people have the ability to be both subject and object to ones self, which occurs through interactions. An individual is aware of himself as an object not directly but indirectly. The “me” part of us, is the way that we believe others view us. It is not how we view ourselves, but what we see when we look in a mirror (or what we think other people view of us). The “I” part of us is the one who is the one looking into the mirror, it is the “response of the individual to the attitudes of others”.
Mead believes that every person is divided into different compartments that come out in different social scenarios. I believe is correct on this. Every person I know has a different demeanor in different settings. Whether in school, at work, or with friends, all the actions of the individuals will be different. However I believe that it is society that expects us to act differently are these situations and therefore we act accordingly. I don’t think that the “me” or “I” are the ones creating the differences in actions. Rather it is society that does so.