Cooley's Theory Of The Looking Glass Eye

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This chapter includes the introduction, statement of the problem, hypothesis, theoretical framework, conceptual framework, scope and limitation, the significance of the study and definition of terms used.
The family is the basic unit of society. It is the smallest institution that immediately affects the life of every individual. It serves as the "molding-hands" of every child’s personality which generates a great impact in his/her life. Its members are intensely connected emotionally that profoundly affects each other’s thoughts, feelings, and actions as if people are living under the same “emotional skin.” They ask each other for attention, approval, and support and react to each other’s
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Parents play a significant role in the lives of their children. They are the significant people who are within the immediate environment of a child. They have a direct influence in the totality or wholeness of their children because they serve as the models of behavior and personality. Cooley´s concept of the looking glass self states that a person’s self grows out of a person´s social interactions with others. How the person sees himself or herself stems from the contemplation of personal qualities and impressions of how others perceive him/her. In actuality, how people see themselves is based on how they believe others see them. With that, the three personality traits: self-esteem, self-image and self-concept of the parents were studied. Also, the family, particularly the parents is the shaping or a training ground to their child’s behavior, attitude and identity. They are significant in building the personality of the child (Kohutz, 1977). Similarly, in the manner on how the parents bring up their child in their adulthood can serve as the “fundamental blocks” in molding the identity and the attitude of the adolescent (Bowlby, 1973). Moreover, it is a need for the child to achieve relationship closeness. They pattern their behavior to a person who allows them to be know who they really are (Harvey,…show more content…
It is defined that gender identity formation is a developmental task of adolescence wherein people start to make a sense of identity and embrace their sexuality, along with other significant physical, emotional, and cognitive changes (Saewyc & Pettingell, 2012). It is believed that adolescence is a time when identity issues and concerns over heterosexual relationships are prominent and it is also a period when they adapt to these internal changes, adolescents need an environment that is both reasonably safe and intellectually challenging—one that provides a "zone of comfort" as well as challenging new opportunities for growth (Petersen, 2012).
However, nowadays family seems to be broken" or "separated." The consistent findings show that emotional distance and conflict are highest during peak pubertal growth (Hill et al., 1985). The adolescent who is still on his way to developing his identity and personality may have difficulty in relating himself to the outside world because the attention of the parents seems to be divided. The attention and relationship between parent-child relationships is then considered
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