Blog # 2: Mead’s Generalized Other

Mead’s ‘me and I ’ theory  describes how we interact with others. The ‘me’ is based on what is learned through others and the environment. He proposes the idea of a generalized other which develops in response to the ‘me,’ where the individual takes on roles based on the behaviors they think are accepted within specific groups (friends, family, coworkers, etc.).

I can relate to this because at school I’m quiet and attentive as I’ve grown up being told children should be seen not heard and that there is a time and place for everything. This has carried with me throughout the course of my entire academic career. I was always taught not to speak out of turn/raise my hand if I had something to say, or be disrespectful, so I know that I’m expected to behave a certain way based on the company I’m in. I think his theory shows us  that no one is really who they seem to be. They can have multiple aspects to their personality, but you’ll only experience what they think you want to see.

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