The process by which our self develops through internalizing others' reactions to us. This is also called symbolic interactionism or Looking Glass Self.
The rudiments of this 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.
For example, if you receive a negative or condescending response to you appearance from a variety of persons that you socialize with, you might begin to view yourself as less physically attractive or appealing. When you receive a positive or encouraging response to jokes or comedy, you become more apt to engage in these social behaviours or to take pride in them.
This is right-on, Skip, and I can work with it...thank you!