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Looking-Glass self

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

Thelooking-glass self suggests that identity is informed, in part, by our impressions of how other people perceive us. The primary idea is that we see ourselves mirrored in the eyes of the world around us. As a reflection in the looking-glass, the self emerges in response to a generalized other, which is represented by relational and communal attitudes. Essentially, the looking-glass self sees itself mirrored on the eyes of persons, cultures, systems, and structures—which in turn ...

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