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The Self

Analysis of Mead's Perspective on "The Self" Like mind, according to George Herbert Mead, ‘The self', is a social emergent. He argued that this social concept of the self involves individual selves who are the products of social communication and not the preconditions i-e- logical or biological of that communication. He further compared his social theory of the self with individualistic theories of the self, which means, the theories that assume the preference of selves to social development. According to Mead: "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, that is, develops in the given individual as a result of his relations to that process as a whole and to other individuals within that process" (Mind, Self and Society). As further indicated by Mead the model of society is an organic model wherein individuals are linked to the social process just the same way as parts of body are related to bodies. However, self is considered to be a reflective process, meaning, "it is an object to itself." But for Mead, it is the reflexivity of the self, which, differentiate it from other objects and the body and which both are not objects to themselves as the self is (The Columbia Encyclopedia, 2001). Moreover, this reflexivity of the self differentiates human consciousness from animal is pointed out by Mead as two uses of this term "consciousness": the first use of consciousness may signify "a certain feeling consciousness" as an outcome of an organism's understanding to its environment, while the second use of the term consciousness denote to a kind of awareness that always has completeness (The Columbia Encyclopedia, 2001). Thus, the second use of the term "consciousness" is much appropriate to the explanation of human consciousness. At the same time there is a kind...

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