The Social Mirror


TheSocial Mirror



SocialMirror theory was developed in the eighteenth century by WilhelmDilthey, who was a German sociologist and philosopher. Socialcommunication is influenced by how people see themselves as perceived(Chaika, 2009). For instance, when a person tells a joke, and theaudience does not laugh, one assumes that he is not funny. Socialmirror is what one thinks about what others think of him.

Question1 Somepeople know me from afar while others from close and each person hasa reputation left behind when he leaves a particular occupation andwould be important to know what it was (Chaika,2009).My family would proudly say that I am a disciplined person and Godfearing. My teachers and classmates would describe me as an activeperson and a team player who was always at the right place and forthe right purpose.


Myparents have been guiding me in each any every step I take in mylife. They always encourage me when am faced with difficulties andoffer best solutions to overcome them. My friends and colleagues atwork offers suggestions that help me improve both in person andgenerally.

Question3 Myemployer always says that I am a creative person. This perceptionhelps me apply my knowledge in solving problems facing my colleagues,friends and family members. Once am dedicated to a certain task, Istrive to have it done. I also like my helping nature to those inneed especially my family members and friend. I like the spirit of myhelping nature and act of fairness to all.


Oneof the most things that I hate about myself is that I am sometimes ahigh sensitive person. This behavior occurs when someone upsets me.My teachers, parents, colleagues and friends tell me that am verysensitive to even minute issues. Am trying to do away with it and asper the last few weeks, my therapist has reported that am fairing onvery well. Question5

Abelief is a strong feeling towards something that hinders or protectssomeone in certain ways (Chaika,2009).I was brought up in a Christian foundation that identifies Sunday asa holy day. It is a belief that no work should be done on this day,and it is also a day to rest. I am forced to abandon most of my workon this day. Being employed is also another limit because one cannotattend to private matters during a working day.Question6

Accordingto Christians, the belief of observing the Sabbath and keeping itholy is evidenced in the holy bible (Chaika,2009).My parents introduced me to this religion, and as I grew up, I heardand learned more about it. This view greatly changed my life, and Ihave been following it keenly. I have also influenced others bymaking them aware of its importance.Question7

Religiousbeliefs can be strengthened by spreading the religion worldwide. Thiswill ensure that more people are informed and belong to certainreligious group (Chaika,2009).Further, spreading the faith will influence most of the non-believersand will lead them to believe. The congress should hold debates thatwill help renew the religion worldwide.Question8

Anindividual is at liberty to choose whatever he wants and will beresponsible for the consequences of his own actions. A person candecide to leave certain religious beliefs at his will. Family,friends and peer pressure can lead to changes in certain beliefs.People who are very close to being in a position to giving youfeedback on your progress.Question9

Somequestions are tricky but not difficult. These questions include theideas that that limits me. This issue appeared challenging becausemost of the beliefs that I observe have no limits as they are eithertraditional or religious that existed and limits no one from carryingout their duties.Question10

Thisexperience has made me draw a conclusion that what the publicperceive I am differ in my own point of view. If the only view ofourselves were from the social mirror, we would have very weirdreflections of ourselves. The public opinion is just a representationof their views, and that’s why our own views about ourselves cannotbe compared with the public’s because they are mostly negative(Chaika,2009).


Chaika,E. (2009). Language:The social mirror.Boston, Mass: Heinle.