Symbolic interactionists theorize that a sense of self comes in communication as a result of feedback from others

Symbolic interactionists theorize that a sense of self comes in communication as a result of feedback from others. Each person that we interact with calls for a unique self. A person who has multiple partners that they communicate with have more self experience. The results of this study showed that individuals are not born with a sense of self and that determines how information is processed. Sensitivity to feedback appears at earlier stages and this mediates the development of the self. Research also suggest that sensitivity to feedback mediates the ways in which people process self-relevant feedback.
In the second journal article it discussed the acquisition of the self in an offline environment. Thoughts, feelings and actions are three main concepts that our self embodies. Humans receive their experiences through the perspective of others. A situation was mentioned that a 4th grader spent most of his time participating in community service work, because he enjoyed helping the community. One day he heard his friends making fun of him for doing this. That hurt his feelings and so he reacted in return with a snarky remark. He imagined himself through the view of his peers, he built his own role as a reaction to the image his friends had about him. The frustration he felt relates to the situated identity, he wants to differentiate himself from his friends, making clear that he is a unique being.
Humans share common feelings and goals, creating a social reality. The 4th grader let himself emotions control him, before confronting any of his friends. One of his friends came to him later after school and asked him why was he so frustrated. After the 4th grader talked to his friend, he realized that his prejudices blinded him in understanding the entirety of the situation. Afterwards he figured his friends mentioned community service work, because they were thinking of doing the same. If the 4th grader understood the situation from the very beginning his frustration wouldn’t have occurred.
The third journal article I read studied an approach through the understanding of self-concept, significant others, and the social influence process (McDermott, 1980). In this experiment, an analysis was constructed on the extension of symbolic interactionist that people develop their communication by maintaining and changing their life self-concepts with others. The author decided to view communication networks along two dimensions, social networks and contacts within the social networks. The network of interpersonal influence is assumed to be quite stable, but their impact is viewed as attitude-specific.
The results concluded that humans are beseeched by relational communication and that this concept is useful in studying the person and society. Ongoing relationships have a persuasive influence and the description of social interaction. Examining a single social interaction relationship is insufficient in the growth, development, and maintenance of the self-concept. To be sufficient, the self’s involvement must be examined in multiple interacted relationships. This provides a framework for identifying the relational system of the person.
The 4th and final journal article I read talked about womens internal self-esteem and how God was used as symbolic interactionism significant other. From a study of 59 adult womens stories about self-esteem, 41 of them dealt with faith-based experiences and this played a big role in the womens self-esteems. This study discussed the positives and negatives of Christianity, the church, and relationships within the church, for these womens self-esteems. Women who experienced a positive influence spoke of a personal relationship with God vs. a church centered relationship with god. This led the author to believe that God can be signified as a significant other (Chatham-Carpenter, 2006).
Some women have used their relationship with God to impact their own self-esteem. Leaders within the Christian community have let their own explanations be known, its between ones relationship with God and their self-esteem. Women who feel positive about their own self-esteem such as being created in the image of god, feel an unconditional love, forgiveness, value, and that they are being cared for by god in their own personal relationships. A project was then conducted over a span of a couple of years. Interviews with 59 adult women ages 21-94, were individually conducted, with women from different backgrounds, religions, and educational levels. Most of the women talked about am internal portion of their self-esteem, which helped build up their confidence and feelings about who they were as individual persons.
The results showed that women who had a positive view between themselves and their religious faith was because of five reasons. They felt a connection to god, they knew who they were in gods eye, they experienced a loving relationship with god, they were being supportive of their church family, and that they had a purpose to keep on living. Many of the women stressed that receiving your self-esteem from god was of high importance and that they did not receive theirs from other people or things. There were also women of spoke of negative relationships between self-esteem and Christianity for three reasons. Thoughts of sin, guilt, and punishment, the presence of rules, and the role of women in the church and biblical literature. Some of the women stated that they didn’t like the feeling of being shamed by making wrong decisions and that the bible consisted of too many rules and regulations.
The symbolic interactionism’s concept of the significant other explains how we allow other people to speak into our lives and this helps us determine who we are. This was consistent with the positive voices. The church provided this for the women, however there is also potential for negative influence. Some women can be controlled by the church or will not receive the opportunity to use their spiritual gifts and this can ruin a womens identity. Women struggle through these kind of oppression systems. Women sensed that they were going downhill rehearsed to their god. This relates to reflexive consistency, which is when a person reflects their beliefs and their own personal values together when they sense they’re going down a dark path in their lives. They want to make sure their consistent, even if others don’t view things through their perspective.
In conclusion sharing connection and communication with other people is vital. When people are together from separate cultures it may be hard to understand the certain tendencies of the other person. The individual might view the other one differently and may think that their way of doing things is nor right and odd. Each culture has their own traditions and they tend to do things differently from other cultures. Even though we may not understand other cultures and their language, communication is what breaks that barrier between us. The use of symbolic interaction is very important for this reason.