The presentation of self in everyday life Erving Goffmann • ”when an individual enters the presence of others, they commonly seek to acquire information about him or to bring into play information about him already possessed. They will be interested in his general socio- economic status, his conception of self, his attitude towards them, his competance, his trustworthiness, ect.” The expressiveness of the individual involve two radically sign activities • The expression that he gives (involves verbal symbols or their substitubes (communication in the traditional way) • The expression that he gives of (a wide range of action that others can treat as symtomatic of the actor). This is more theatrical, because you are setting the scene. ”what expression do you think you are given • In everyday life the first impression are important. • Getting off on the right foot. • An individual effectively projects a definition of the situation when he enters the presence of others. (when this goes wrong, and you have wrongly defined the situation you may feel ashamed) • Society is organized on the principle that any individual who possesses certain social characteristics has a moral right to expect that others will value and treat him in a appropriate way Belief in the part one is playing • At one extreme we find the performer, which is sincerely convinced that the impression of reality which he stages is the real reality • Another extreme is a performer which is not taken in by his own rutine and have no ultimate concern with the beliefs of his audience. (self interest or personal gain) • A cynical individual may delude his audience for what he conseders to be their own good. Front • Is the expressive equipment of a standard kind intentionally ot unwittingly employed by the individual during his performance. 1) The setting (furniture, decor ect) 2) Personal front (insignia of office or rank, clothing, sex,age, speech patterns, facial expressions, bodily gestures ect.) this is also known as vehicles for conveying signs. 3) Social front (coherence among setting, appearance and manner. Dramatic Realization • How can you dramatize your work, so you look like one who is knowing what he is doing: • Programming and comment at the same time? • To show people that you are good at your job, you have to dramatize so people with their own eyes can see what you are doing. Idealization • A performance is socialized, moulded and modified to fit into the understanding and expectations of the society in which it is presented. - A laird and his family live normally very plain, but when they have guests they will have servants and serve 5 ot 6 meals to keep up the Idealization of, how an laird is living. - Girls play ”stupid” so their boyfriends can tell them things and seem more clever than the girls (normally in Amerika) • We put specific magazines at our tabels to tell our guests what we are reading. • We will only show our work when it is finished, so it will be the endproduct that will be jugded. • Be aware how critically important your physical appearance may be to an employer.