Identity Theories: The Looking Glass Self

By: Alexis Jones

The Looking Glass Self identity theory is explaining how we do not see ourselves we actually are but how other people see us. We form our self-image as the reflections of the response and evalutions of others in our environment. For example, if a parent views their child as smart they will hold he/she up to certain expectations and this will result in that child seeeing themself as smart.

"I am so beautiful, sometimes people weep when they see me. And it has nothing to do with what I really look like, it is just that I gave myself the power to say that I am beautiful, and if I could do that, maybe there is hope for them too. And the great divide between beautiful and ugly will cease to be. Because we are all what we choose"

- Margaret Cho

"I don't like it when they (media critics) see me as this little person who doesn't know what to do with herself -- like I have no idea what I want, like I'm just a puppet.... That's demeaning to me, because that ain't how it is, and it never was."

- Whitney Houston

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