Social interaction: the process by which people act and react in relation to others, through interaction, we create the reality in which we live, and relatively stable pattern of social behaviour. A social position that a person holds. Achieved status: a social position a person assumes voluntarily that reflects ability and. Ascribed status later in life effort: an honour student, an olympic athlete. A status that has special importance for social identity, often shaping a person"s entire life. Behaviour expected of someone who holds a particular status. A person holds a status and performs a role. A number of roles attached to a single status: a professor"s role includes being a teacher, colleague and researcher. A conflict among the roles connected to two or more statuses. A police officer who catches her son using drugs (mother vs cop) Tension among the roles connected to a single status. A manager who tries to balance concern for workers with task requirements.