Psychology Theories:

The Theories of Socializing

About Our Psychology Theories:

This pamphlet will be discussing our theories. Our theories include Self Concept, Self Image, and Symbolic interactionism.



Katherine’s Theory: Self Concept

Definition- The image that we have of ourselves.

Founders of Theory- Carl Rogers.

Elements of Theory- A percentage or image of our abilities and our uniqueness; the collection of beliefs about one’s own nature, unique qualities, and typical behavior.

Make specific connections between theories using textual evidence …

  • How do we form and shape our identities?

We form and shape our identity by the way we think about ourselves and how we image ourselves to be.

  • In a culture where we are bombarded with ideas and images of “what we should be,” how does one form an identity that remains true and authentic for her/himself?

Stay true to yourself and what you believe to be right.




Kaitlyn’s Theory - The Looking Glass Theory

Definition - A persons self grows out of a persons social interactions with others

Founders of Theory - Charles Cooley

Elements of Theory - People usually judge themselves based off other people. People think they know how they appear and therefore judge what other people may think of them.

Make specific connections between theories using textual evidence - All three state how people care most of what others think of them and how people act differently in public than in private.

Answer the EQs

How do we form and shape our identities? Sometimes we judge ourselves how we think others might see us and base our identities off of others.

In a culture where we are bombarded with ideas and images of “what we should be,” how does one form an identity that remains true and authentic for her/himself? We try and think of the best in ourselves and not judge ourselves by what others think.


Morgan’s Theory- The Theory of Symbolic Interactionism

Definition- One creates and shapes their identity by interacting with others.


Founders or Theory (if applicable)- George Herbert Mead

Elements of the Theory- 1) Human beings possess the capacity for thought , which is shaped by social interaction. 2) people learn meanings and symbols through social interactions. 3) people are able to modify or alter the meanings and symbols they use in interactions by interpreting the situations they are engaging in.

Make specific connections between theories using textual evidence.

The act is the fundamental union in Mead’s theory, and it is represented by four stages: impulse, perception, manipulation, and consummation.

Finally, developing a “looking-glass” self helps individuals to perceive and judge the impressions we make on others we interact with.

Answer the EQs

How do we form and shape our identities?

We form and shape our identities by interacting with others.

In a culture where we are bombarded with ideas and images of “what we should be,” how does one form an identity that remains true and authentic for her/himself.

To stay the way you act by yourself even when you are in a group trying to impress others.





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