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“…how one views oneself and acts heavily depends on what the individual believes other people think of the individual. This process is theorized to develop one’s sense of identity. Therefore identity, or self, is the result of learning to see ourselves through what we perceive to be the perceptions of others.” — Yeung, King-To; Martin, John Levi
Looking glass explained: “… social interaction acts as a ‘mirror’ or a ‘looking-glass,’ since one’s sense of self and self esteem is built off of others. We imagine how we must appear to others in a social situation. We imagine and react to what we feel their judgment of that appearance must be. We develop our sense of self and respond through this perceived judgments of others.” — Shaffer, Leigh S
Cyber self: “…social media has created a concept named the ‘cyber self,’ a version one wishes to portray online and to the public to others and based on the judgements of others. Unlike the real self, different forms of media allow judgements to be clearly posted, so in many cases, judgements may not even need to be imagined.” — Mary Aiken, PhD (cyberpsychologist)
Positives and negatives of social media and self: Positive — “A social media study also uncovered a host of positive effects of the use of social media and in developing oneself, with dozens of creators citing that producing content gave them a sense of self-confidence and self-worth, enhanced their creativity, increased their sense of professionality, and their platforms offered a positive space to interact with others. Negative — “The feeling of shame and insufficient self-worth comes from traumatic experiences such as abuse, neglect, abandonment, shaming family situations, and harsh upbringing.The looking-glass self can cause feelings of insufficient self-worth and mental health issues.” — Zsolt Unoka and Gabriella Vizin
My two cents: Anybody who has been following this curation newsletter long enough knows that self and identity are recurring interests of mine. The idea of the “looking glass self” gets meta real quick in that it involves perceiving what others are perceiving of your perception. Some people do this more than others. I for one, probably do this more than I should, but I’ll always find this idea of the “looking glass self” fascinating.
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