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Desire and the Looking-Glass Self

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

The concept of looking-glass self is one of the best-known theories that explains self-concept and identity development. It is often used by social and behavioral scientists and researchers to highlight the crucial role of how one's self-image is perceived by others. In his well-known theory, Charles Horton Cooley outlines the three principles of the looking-glass self and explains the stages of identity development. The theory also highlights how one creates a sense of self through social interaction. This ...

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