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Symbolic Interactionism

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Symbolic interactionism (SI) is a sociological perspective that developed in the US in the mid-20th century. Among other characteristics, theories that bear the hallmark of the SI perspective typically devote attention to micro-level social dynamics & the micropolitics of everyday interaction. Whereas other types of social theory might attempt to explain how entire institutions are constituted, those who adopt a SI approach focus on how interactions between individuals either succeed or fail.

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The human penchant for maintaining a clear demarcation between a front and back stage was made even more stark during the pandemic. Artist: Adrian Tomine

Breaking eye contact makes you a better conversationalist. Studies show people who are forced to maintain eye contact take longer to recall words than those who are allowed to take a break from the mental stimulation of staring into someone else’s. The More You Know, Good To Know, Feeling Dizzy, Wtf Fun Facts, Random Facts, Crazy Facts, Random Stuff, Funny Stuff, Primal Scream

Breaking eye contact makes you a better conversationalist

Studies show people who are forced to maintain eye contact take longer to recall words than those who are allowed to take a break from the mental stimulation of staring into someone else's eyes. Though maintaining eye contact is important for building emotional connections, looking away is key for having focused and productive conversations.

"A total instituion may be defined as a place of residence and work where a large number of like-situated individuals, cut off from the wider society for an appreciable period of time, together lead an enclosed, formally administered round of life. Prisons serve as a clear example." (Goffman 1968). Prison, Number, Life

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"A total instituion may be defined as a place of residence and work where a large number of like-situated individuals, cut off from the wider society for an appreciable period of time, together lead an enclosed, formally administered round of life. Prisons serve as a clear example." (Goffman 1968).

"The stigmatized individual is asked to act so as to imply neither that his burden is heavy nor that bearing it has made him different from us; at the same time he must keep himself at that remove from us which assures our painlessly being able to confirm this belief about him. Put differently, he is advised to reciprocate naturally with an acceptance of himself and us, an acceptance of him that we have not quite extended to him in the first place. A PHANTOM ACCEPTANCE is thus allowed to… Sociology, Acceptance, Feminism, Identity, Acting, Management, Gender, How To Remove, Math Equations

from Erving Goffman, Stigma: Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity

"The stigmatized individual is asked to act so as to imply neither that his burden is heavy nor that bearing it has made him different from us; at the same time he must keep himself at that remove from us which assures our painlessly being able to confirm this belief about him. Put differently, he is advised to reciprocate naturally with an acceptance of himself and us, an acceptance of him that we have not quite extended to him in the first place. A PHANTOM ACCEPTANCE is thus allowed to…

"We are all just actors trying to control and manage our public image, we act based on how others might see us. Sociology, Social Justice, Pugs, Acting, Presentation, Public, Image, Pug Dogs, Social Studies

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"The first thing I do when I get home is make myself look as publicly unacceptable as possible." - For Goffman, this meme would have been the perfect illustration of front stage and back stage behavior.

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