Invisible Influencers: The Hidden Forces that Mold Your Sense of Self (2 min 15 sec)
George Herbert Mead, a sociologist, and philosopher, proposed the concept of the "interiorized other" as part of his theory of socialization.
According to Mead, the self is not solely formed through individual experience but is also influenced by social interactions and the perspectives of others.
1. The "interiorized other" refers to the process by which you internalize the attitudes, values, and expectations of society.
2. You take on the viewpoints and roles of "significant others", such as your parents, teachers, or peers, and integrate them into your own self-concept.
For example, your child may internalize the idea of being polite and respectful from you. Over time, this internalized perspective becomes part of their self, influencing their behavior and shaping their understanding of appropriate social interactions.
Similarly, societal norms, cultural beliefs, and social expectations become internalized and guide your child's thoughts, actions, and sense of self.
3. Your "self-concept" is your perception of yourself, including your beliefs, identity, and self-image. All of which are made up.
The thoughts, ideas, and interpretations that you hold about yourself, your abilities, your worthiness, and your limitations all form your self-concept.
Your self-concept is a construct of your ego.
4. A social media influencer is a "new breed" of the "internalized other" who holds sway over their audience's opinions, behaviors, and purchasing decisions.
Influencers leverage their "captivating content and genuine persona" to endorse products, services, or ideas to their followers.
Your sense of self is influenced both overtly and covertly, often without your awareness.