Sociological Theories

Forming Identities


All of the theories discuss how people interact with other people by stating,

The Symbolic Interactionism article states, “Individual learn to think, interact with one another, and understand how to use meaning and symbols.” This relates to identity because the way you act with others is a part of how your identity is created.

The Looking Glass Theory implies, “Actually, how we see ourselves does not come from who we really are, but rather from how we believe others see us.”

A quote from the Social Identity Theory article says, ”Group members of an in-group will seek to find negative aspects of an out-group, thus enhancing their self-image.”

We form and shape our identities by the way we talk, who we hang around, and our actions.

We form an identity that remains the same and authentic by having the “I don’t care what people think about me” attitude.


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