The looking-glass self is a popular theory within the sociological field that explains the formation of self-image via reflection or based on their understanding of how others perceive them. Because people conform to how they think others think them to be, it's difficult, or arguably impossible, to act differently from how a person thinks he or she is perpetually perceived.
The rudiments of Cooley's sociological theory can be reduced to three facets.
- One imagines how they appear to others.
- One imagines the judgment that others may be making regarding that appearance.
- One develops a self-image via their reflection; that is, the judgments or critique of others.
How would your life change if you stop believing the negative perception others try to pin on you? We must learn to rewrite our own character. The will to change how others perceive us is vital for our happiness. You become like the 5 people you spend the most time with, please choose wisely...