Essay on The Devil, By George Herbert Mead

749 Words Jul 9th, 2015 3 Pages
Devil is to I as angel is to Me. The image of a devil and angel on a person’s shoulder chattering, arguing, and influencing a big Hollywood screen always makes an audience laugh. But behind the lights, camera action of these spats is a screenplay showing the evolution of a character’s social self in society. Consider the devil is an impulse and represents I while the angel is Me; an interpretation of society. It is George Herbert Mead who put this concept into words, “Mead would say that you have both an I and a Me. The I is your impulse about what to do in a particular situation; the Me represents your interpretation of what other people will think of you if you follow your own impulse.” (McIntyre) The social self is a life long moving target starting at a young age. Play and family structure present opportunities and obstacles that build a child’s social self because of the different experiences and statuses an individual’s identification manifest at a young age without their knowledge. The interaction between I and Me comes with time and life experience. As a baby it is more of a reaction than decision: I pull mom’s hair, I like the noise she makes, mom is mad and puts me on the floor to play by myself, I do not like being on the floor alone, I will not pull hair. As time passes the I and Me develops in with play experiences. “Play is an important phase in children’s development-it is their first exposure to taking on the roles of other and seeing themselves…

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