Analysis Of The I And Me

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The devil is to I as the angel is to Me. The image of a devil and an angel on a person’s shoulder chattering, arguing, and influencing a big Hollywood screen always makes an audience laugh. 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 the I while the angel is the Me; an interpretation of society. George Herbert Mead 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 158). The social self is a lifelong moving target starting at a young age. Play and family structure present opportunities and obstacles that build a child’s social…show more content…
Infancy is more of a reaction than decision: I pull mom’s hair (impulse/action), I like the noise she makes (enjoyment), mom is mad (observation) and puts me on the floor to play by myself (observation), I do not like being on the floor alone (feeling), I will not pull hair (learned behavior from impulse/action). 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 others and seeing themselves as others might see them. In other words, play is a fist step to constructing a Me,” (McIntyre 159). The importance and need for children to experience the open-ended play is priceless; it allows them to test their comfort zone of the social self and understand how they fit in with peers. Playing out different roles with rules set by the children themselves allows the child to test out the I and the Me. Play becomes more complex, as children grow, helping the child to identify an increasing social

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