Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Meandering in the looking-glass . . .

Today is the birthday of Charles Horton Cooley (born Aug. 17, 1864 - May 8, 1929), sociologist. He is best known for his concept of "looking-glass self", the theory that self-image is formed largely by the messages we get from others, and an individual's interpretation of those messages.

Charles Horton Cooley was a founding member and the eighth president of the American Sociological Association.

"A man may lack everything but tact and conviction and still be a forcible speaker; but without these nothing will avail... Fluency, grace, logical order, and the like, are merely the decorative surface of oratory." - Charles Horton Cooley

"As social beings we live with our eyes upon our reflection, but have no assurance of the tranquility of the waters in which we see it." - Charles Horton Cooley

"A talent somewhat above mediocrity, shrewd and not too sensitive, is more likely to rise in the world than genius." - Charles Horton Cooley

"The imaginations which people have of one another are the solid facts of society." - Charles Horton Cooley

"An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one." - Charles Horton Cooley

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