Charles Horton Cooley

Charles Horton Cooley

Ann Arbor, Michigan
Charles Horton Cooley
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Charles Horton Cooley (August 17, 1864-May 8, 1929) was an American sociologist and the son of Thomas M. Cooley. He studied and went on to teach economics and sociology at the University of Michigan, and he was a founding member and the eighth president of the American Sociological Association. He is perhaps best known for his concept of the looking glass self, which is the concept that a person's self grows out of society's interpersonal interactions and the perceptions of others.
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11 November 2014
The literature of the inner life is very largely a record of struggle with the inordinate passions of the social self.
11 November 2014
We have no higher life that is really apart from other people. It is by imagining them that our personality is built up; to be without the power of imagining them is to be a low-grade idiot.
11 November 2014
The passion of self-aggrandizement is persistent but plastic; it will never disappear from a vigorous mind, but may become morally higher by attaching itself to a larger conception of what constitutes the self.
11 November 2014
To get away from one's working environment is, in a sense, to get away from one's self; and this is often the chief advantage of travel and change.
11 November 2014
The human mind is indeed a cave swarming with strange forms of life, most of them unconscious and unilluminated. Unless we can understand something as to how the motives that issue from this obscurity are generated, we can hardly hope to foresee or control them.

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