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The three core principles meaning language and thought of George Herbert Meads theory of symbolic interactionism will be used explain the creation of Conrads self and his socialization into the larger community within Ordinary People Conrad has locked himself into a horrible self-fulfilling prophecy a prophecy in which he is an unlovable worthless member of his community This prophecy was developed from his concept of the me part of his self that of a rotten kid whom needs to be punished all time The me was developed from his self-image or his looking-glass self which derived from his thoughts used to make meaning out of the language used by the other people he viewed himself through Conrad was always hard on him-self therefore he always interpreted other peoples language towards him as being as equally hard or harder As his dad said You didnt need it You were always so hard on yourself I never had the heart when talking about disciplining him when he was a child pg 257 To keep control over the rottenness which he saw within him-self Conrad always denied the I part of his self He feared the unpredictability that came with indulging the primal I By denying the I he never truly allowed his self the merging of the I and the me to develop Internalizing all the raw feelings associated with the I became so painful that he eventually attempted suicide Conrad finally healed as he acknowledged his I and let it merge with a redeveloped me that became a self in which he was content and could continue on living with Conrads generalized other was based mostly on the way he saw himself through his mother Beths eyes He craved the affection that she gave his role-model Jordan Buck his older brother The problem was is that the only reason Beth was able to afford so much affection for Jordan was because he really did not
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