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CMNS 110 Fall 2012 - Week 6 Lecture Notes

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CMNS 110
Gary Mc Carron

CMNS 110 Lecture – Week VI The Self - Western conception of the person as a bounded, unique, more or less integrated motivational and cognitive universe, a dynamic center of awareness, emotion, judgment, and action, organized into a distinctive whole. George Herbert Mead - Proposed an evolutionary development of the self. - “The self is something which has a development; it is not initially there at birth, but arises in the process of social experience and activity…” - Babies’ babbling = “vocal gestures” o Non-motivated. o NOT a form of language. o Conversation of gestures. - The conversation of gestures only becomes language when these gestures become significant symbols. o A gesture is called significant once the individual can interpret the meaning of his or her own gestures. o Being able to “call out” or bring forward the response that your gesture calls out or elicits in others. - One becomes a human being insofar as one can become an object to oneself. o Occurs through language. - Mind and self arise within the concept of social experience. - To be an organism in possession of mind, one must possess language. - Thought is rooted in language, and therefore involves a continual and internal process of role-taking. - Thought is an internal dialogue with the generalized other. o We start to generalize “what society at large would think” rather than thinking of what one specific person would think (Ex: mom, dad,
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