Symbolic Interaction Theory
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People act based on symbolic meanings they find within any given
situation. We thus interact with the symbols, forming relationships around them.
The goals of our interactions with one another are to create shared meaning.
Language is itself a symbolic form, which is used to anchor
meanings to the symbols.
Key aspects are:
We act toward others based on the meaning that those other
people have for us.
Meaning is created in the interactions we have with other
people in sharing our interpretations of symbols.
Meanings are modified through an interpretive process
whereby we first internally create meaning, then check it externally and
with other people.
We develop our self-concepts through interaction with
We are influenced by culture and social processes, such as
Our social structures are worked out through the social
interactions with others.
Pay attention to the symbols within the persuasive context and utilize them.
You can place the symbols there. How people interpret them includes how you
Pay attention to the symbols within the persuasive context and notice how
they are affecting what happens.
Constructivism, Social Comparison Theory, Selective Perception