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The Concept of the Looking-Glass Self

The Concept of the Looking-Glass Self

  George Horton Cooley was one of the first sociologists to understand how deeply we are affected by others in our self-perception. What we think of ourselves is directly tied to how others see us, or rather by how we think they see us. Cooley suggested that other people act like a looking-glass for our Self-Image. Today, we know that he was right in his intuition. But how does this process work exactly? And what does it entail for our everyday lives?   Self-Image and the Looking-Glass Self in George Horton Cooley’s Work Portrait of Charles Horton Cooley. Source: Wikimedia Commons   Usually, when we think about Self-Image, we think about something that originates in ourselves. After all, that’s why it’s called Self-Image: it’s how we view ourselves, what we think about ourselves, and so on. Even though this is true, Self-Image is heavily influenced by what’s happening around us, especially by other people.   Let’s think about it. How many of the things that we say about ourselves are based on something we heard …