George Herbert Mead emphasizes three main areas in the “Mind”. The first idea is Mind, the second is Symbols and Language, and third is Meaning. Mead defines the first idea “Mind”, “as a process or behavior that allows the conscious to control their actions”. As a result, the mind of the conscious plays out different order of events to choose which choices he/she will make.
As stated in the text, “symbols are objects or depictions that hold meaning to someone. Mead believes that through Symbols and Language, people adjust their behaviors”. Mead goes on to say, how we interpret symbols and take control of our actions and behaviors based on them. “To hold within our minds the meanings of things-that allows us to mentally rehearse lines of action without actually performing them.” Our thoughts create different situations based on our own symbolic meaning of objects.
The “Meaning” according to Mead is a “threefold relationship” between: Individual’s gesture, response to the gesture by another person, and competition of the social act between the person who gives the gesture and the person who is on the receiving end of the gesture. Lastly,the Meaning refers to the gesture and it’s response that is socially meaningful, but only if it creates the response for the person who began the gesture.