Dramaturgical Model Of Impression Management

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Impression Management- Dramaturgical Perspective
Impression Management is defined as the act of managing and controlling the perceptions others form of them. Although the definition is glaringly simple, the issues revolving around impression management are quite complex and have attracted sociologists across the world to study this area of human behaviour in various settings.
The gamut of Impression Management has been a controversial issue for a long time now due to the ethical implications. Few experts have expounded that Impression Management falls under the purview of managing impression to achieve personal goals and often equate this phenomena as an act of pretence and deceit. But the question remains, is this true? Is impression management
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He proposes that reality is not real in the truest sense but rather a social construction. Thus, Dramaturgy is all about how people express themselves to others in order to make a meaning out of their actions and influence the people to reach desirable conclusions on their own.
Goffman’s model of Impression Management i.e. Dramaturgy is divided into two regions- the Front Region and the Back Region.
The front region is the place where the role is enacted and the some aspects of the role are enacted not to the audience but to the front region i.e. conforming to certain standards. For example, a boss directs his employees to complete their task well before the deadline. Here, the social setting is that of a superior directing his/her subordinate and hence, the performance is delivered as per the standards and not as per the
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This could lead to an alternate understanding of ethics as defined by the new personality traits imbibed by the person which further leads to the belief that he/she is conforming to ethics.
The arguments on the ethical implications of impression management will always go on. Delving on the various implications and ethical dilemmas of Impression Management in different real-life settings one can conclude that Impression Management is a ubiquitous element in the society. Whatever the arguments are, the innate nature of humans forces him/her to manage and control perceptions.
The questions asked in the beginning need an answer. Finding a pertinent answer to each and every question is a highly difficult task since there is no single solution to all the questions. What really matters is this- For what purpose is Impression Management being used for? Is it a trade-off between maximizing the good and minimizing the bad? To put it in a nutshell, Impression Management must be used to maximize the good in this world and minimize the
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