The discussion in this paper outlines the significance of symbolic interaction theory as it can be helpful to analyze, critique, and understand interpersonal communication. The meanings assigned through symbols can be altered through an interpretive process which is directly related with the communication process. This interpretive process, therefore, highlights the importance of communication process for interaction with society. Symbolic interaction theory explains the ways in which family as a unit interacts with each other engaging in verbal and nonverbal communication. This theory uses the basic modes and symbols to communicate and convey or receive messages.
Language is the crucial tool used to transmit messages through communicating opinions, thoughts, and ideas. Making a statement may be the paradigmatic use of language and it can be seen as a form of action. Human use of language to perform certain kind of acts which known as speech acts and any speech act is the performance of several acts at once that, recognized by different aspects of the speaker’s intention. Basically, speech acts are acts of communication therefore, they are the basic or minimal units of linguistic communication. Communicate is to express a certain attitude, so the type of speech act being performed corresponds to the type of attitude being expressed, such as make a requests to express a desire, make a statement to express
Self-identity is the core of a person’s reasoning, emotion and behavior. Hence, self-identity can affect the way followers perceive their leaders and vice versa. This observation is plays a major role in the foundation of leader-followers relationship (Hanges, Lord, & Dickson, 2000). The significance of this remark can be verified by using Categorization Theory. Sulsky, Brown and MacDonald (2008) explain that this theory assumes that people rely on a symbol, structures, concept etc.
Charles Cooley’s concept of the looking glass reveals the steps of how we see ourselves based on perceptions of how others perceive us. The idea is useful to recognize how the self can grow and learn from perceptions of others. The structure of the looking glass follows three steps. The first is based on, how we appear to others. Second is our reactions of how others view us, and thirdly a person recognizes and evaluates oneself based on thoughts of others.
Human reality is created through social construction and dialogue. Human systems are language-and-meaning-generating systems, meaning is thus created through interaction with others. • Origin of Client Problems: • Lives and identities of individuals and clients are constituted and shaped by three sets of factors: 1. The meaning people give to their experiences or the stories they tell themselves about themselves 2. The language practices that people are recruited into along with the type of words they use to story their lives.
The selected chapter Words and Culture is written by Ronald Wardhaugh in his book An Introduction to Sociolinguistics. This chapter focuses on the interreationship between language and culture. The author first introduces the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis, which claims that language has strong influence on culture. He then discusses the study of kinship terms, (folk) taxonomies, color terms, prototypes, and taboo and euphrmisms used in different cultures to furthur support the hypothesis. The Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis illustrates the stucture of one language strongly affect the world-view of its speakers.
Applications of Symbolic Interactionism Theory George Herbert Mead begins his discussion of symbolic interactionism (talking with others) by defining three core principles that deal with meaning, language, and thought. The theory states that meaning is the construction of social reality. Humans act toward people or things on the basis of the meanings they assign to those people or things. The second principle of symbolic interactionism is language, which is the source of meaning. Meaning is negotiated through the use of language.
CHAPTER ONE INTRODUCTION 1.1. Introduction Communication is not just a matter of sending and receiving messages without thinking of their effects on others. Successful communication means sending and receiving thoughts and ideas in a reasonable, acceptable and, at the same time, polite way since misinterpretation may cause embarrassment or harm to others. As simple as communication seems, much of what we try to communicate to others—and what others try to communicate to us—gets misunderstood, which can cause conflict and frustration in personal and professional relationships. (Robinson, Segal, and Segal, 2013, para.
It proposes a social theory of the self, or a looking glass self. In looking glass self, we imagine how we must appear to others. We imagine the judgment of that appearance and we develop our self through the judgments of others Mead described self as "taking the role of the other," the premise for which the self is actualized. Through interaction with others, we begin to develop an identity about who we are, as well as empathy for others. Because they see meaning as the fundamental component of the interaction of human and society, studying human and social interaction requires an understanding of that